Are the big boys in trouble? (Hint: HP is not the threat)

Whether it is my current line of work, or just my fascination with technology, I keep up on the latest news concerning 3D Printing– mainstream and hacker alike. Lately there has been a lot of interest in HP’s announcement to enter the 3D printing market. I can tell you first hand, don’t count too much on that one (Just trust me on this one). I think the real threat is in the little overlooked guys that are figuring out how to make printers that are better than the old and out dated piles of junk that the big boys keep … Continue reading Are the big boys in trouble? (Hint: HP is not the threat)

Makerbot hits a rough patch….

I don’t know how many of you closely follow 3D printing news. But for some of you that do, you may have noticed that Makerbot has been in the news a lot lately—and not always in a good light. Just recently there have been rumors about a class action lawsuit against Makerbot centered around the Replicator 5th gen—I believe this would be the first class action lawsuit in 3D printing history, but don’t quote me on that, and if you know/hear otherwise I would be curious to learn about other cases. I was curious what got them to this place? … Continue reading Makerbot hits a rough patch….

3D Printing as Disruptive Innovation in Emerging Practice… AIA Practice Management Webinar

I had the honor some months back of being one of three presenters during a discussion around the disruptive nature of 3D printing in the AEC industry. I recently found the recording of the full webinar on line and couldn’t resit sharing with everyone. Take a look… Continue reading 3D Printing as Disruptive Innovation in Emerging Practice… AIA Practice Management Webinar

Local Digi Fab Projects in Process…

There are some really inspiring projects in the Bay Area that are currently in construction or recently finished construction that I thought it was about time I shared with everyone….     690 Folsom, San Francisco Office of Charles F. Bloszies An abandoned parking garage stood as an eyesore on a prominent corner as buildings around it were transformed to meet the demand for space in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) district. Boston Properties acquired the site as part of a larger development behind it and asked for a distinctive, eye-catching makeover. The new design features a metal screen … Continue reading Local Digi Fab Projects in Process…

Prefab+3D Printing=?

As I watch news and blog posts on various discussions centered around 3D printing and other digital fabrication methods at the construction scale and then I read articles like the one I am sharing here. I cannot help but scratch my head and wonder if prefab and modular design is being so prevalent, why are the digital technologies that make these kinds of operations possible more readily accepted? Another interesting thread hear is now to compare the work the Bill Kreysler is doing in the prefab arena in the San Franisco Bay Area as he is working on both the … Continue reading Prefab+3D Printing=?

Desktop printers… the frustration and the happy mistakes.

This was a rather good article about a typical frustrated user of desktop 3D printers that had a very surprising and happy mistake that yielded a rather beautiful piece. It is just a good example of the kinds of forms that 3D printing excels at and we should be looking to leverage this emerging technology towards… Continue reading Desktop printers… the frustration and the happy mistakes.