3D Printing is a Cleantech Innovation

Pike Research, whose tagline is“Cleantech Market Intelligence” posted a report listing “Five Disruptive Cleantech Innovations”. These, we presume, are technologies that should deliver dramatic ecological benefits to future generations as they come online in force later in this century. But what was on the list of five? 

  • Energy Harvesting
  • Energy Storage
  • Fuel Cell Tech
  • Smart Meters
  • 3D Printing

 You might wonder why 3D printing is on this list of otherwise very energyish topics. We don’t. We know why already.  3D printing is incredibly favorable to the environment for one major reason: it enables the production of goods much closer to the consumer. 


MakerGear Hits Forbes

interest in 3D printing grows we see increasingly frequent appearances in mass media. Now we see popular 3D printer supplier MakerGear featured in business publication Forbes.    MakerGear is a well-stocked supply shop for 3D printer owners and would-be owners. In addition to supplying materials (ABS and PLA filament), MakerGear also offers well-regarded upgraded parts for common 3D printers and even RepRap Prusa and their own Mosaic 3D printer kits.    In the Forbes article, MakerGear chief Rick Pollack says:   

We do a lot of our production locally. The guy who makes our nozzles, for examples, I can drive to his place and talk. We are very much a grassroots company with customers across a wide spectrum from Schools and Universities to Software by day, hobbyists by night. People want to do custom stuff for their hobby. We help artists. And, we have a growing group of Small Business Owners that want to do small run production, rapid prototyping. 3D printers have been cute and clever, but now they are useful and can be used for small run production.

  We think MakerGear is in a pretty good position to take advantage of the growing market - but they will face competition from numerous other 3D printer kit projects that have recently appeared and perhaps even stiffer competition from other suppliers of plastic filament, which, by its nature is a commodity item.    Via Forbes



The Most Important Feature Of A 3D Printer Is Not What You’d Expect
Our streets are awash in 3D printers, each of which has different specifications and capabilities. But what is the most important consideration?

personalfactory: I fully agree. Reliability is the most important feature of them all in case of currently available on the market 3d printers. 3D printing build volume, 3d printing speed, price of the consumables dedicated to the machine like filament, ease of use are also important but not so much as reliability. Unfortunately it doesn’t depend entirely on the machine but also on the user knowledge.


3D printed branding iron by Etsy maker niquegeek

The unique 3D printed steel branding iron snaps right onto a standard Bic lighter and features a large Superman insignia.

Simply light up and hold the flame on the metal end for about 60-90 seconds and then brand away! Be sure to practice a few times on a scrap piece of wood to get an idea for how long it will take and to get your technique down.

~ fabbaloo.com