Amazon’s 3D printshop opens


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The competition heats up: Amazon has opened its first 3D-print shop, where customers can buy 3D printed products.

The store has launched with more than 200 print-on-demand designs. Users can customize items like earrings, pendants, rings and bobble head dolls using a special widget, before having the item 3D-printed and delivered. …

Although users of the store cannot upload and print their own designs, it is, as mentioned, possible to customize some of the available designs. Amazon has built a customization engine into the store, allowing for very simple changes to an item’s design, or more wholesale changes. Interactive 3D preview functionality is also provided, with which users can rotate an object and view it from any angle.

What does this story have to do with space exploration? Well, it marks the beginning of a major revolution in manufacturing that will change everything. And since 3D printing is going to be an essential need for future space explorers, having this new industry prosper and grow can only speed up the exploration and settlement of the solar system.

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  • A couple of years ago I made a comment to a client that 3D printing would do for manufacturing what consumer computers did for knowledge: massive decentralization of capability. It’s now entirely possible for one person to operate a cottage factory. Specialty markets like model building are undergoing a revolution.

    The space exploration angle is well-taken. Need an AE-35? Just print it off.

  • Pzatchok

    http://www.shapeways.com/

    Shapeways and other 3d Printing companies have been doing this for years.

    The problem is a copyrights issue.
    No way in the world will Ford let you print off small car parts and offer them as OEM parts.
    Nothing with a TM Logo on it unless you have the rights to that logo.

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