- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494213966
- ISBN-13: 978-1494213961
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
3D Printing: The Next Technology Gold Rush - Future Factories and How to Capitalize on Distributed Manufacturing Paperback – 22 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Christopher Winnan has many interests with expertise in a variety of fields. For the last two decades he has been based in the newest incubator of great ideas: Asia. As a consultant, he travels widely throughout Asia working in Thailand, Korea and the emerging powerhouse China. Seeking out the latest breakthroughs in a wide range of emerging technologies, he visits research facilities, trade shows and suppliers throughout China to analyze and evaluate the latest developments. He turns facts into information, and information into valuable knowledge. His uncanny ability to pick and forecast trends leave him in demand as an advisor to European and North American companies and investors. As a writer, he has established his expertise by contributing to Frommers and National Geographic. When not consulting or publishing, he can be found exploring Asia's newest frontiers: from the Tibetan borderland ancient tea-horse routes to the fantastic karst landscapes of south China's opium trails.
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There is a lot of information inside and many ideas on how to take advantage of a 3d printer to make commercially viable items. Unfortunateley I did not find anything to help me justify buying a printer just yet although I do believe this book is a good bit of research into making a printer pay for itself and possibly setting up a business from this sector.
Anyone with even the slightest interest in technology or commercial enterprise will get something from this well - written book.
It should be required reading.
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What really set me off was when the author ran off the road and started talking about politics with the author's leftist leanings became very apparent. It's not just that I didn't buy this book to hear about the author's political hobby horses, but that his ideas were so naive. The author suggested that the revolution of 3D printing could actually put the majority of manufacturing workers out of a job! Like many lefty pseudo-political thinkers, he falls into the trap of believing in a zero sum gain economy. 3D printing won't destroy the manufacturing industry any more than robots did. It will change the industry, it will shift the industry, it will create many new opportunities, but it will not put tens of thousands out of work.
To compound my frustration with the book, the when the author started to talk about the potential of printing firearms on a 3D printer, he again ran off the road to talk about politics. The author suggested that the easy availability of firearms in Thailand accounted for it having the 3rd highest murder rate. What he didn't mention is that South Africa has the highest murder rate in the world with virtually no murders by firearms due to the draconian laws on the books. Again, naive politics that shouldn't be in the book.
In closing the core proposition posed by the book proved to be not very compelling and when the reader has to suffer through the author's sophomoric political views, it makes for a book that is not worth reading. Take a pass on this one.
As others have mentioned, he goes on an anti-capitalism rant that is silly, especially when he touts the idea of socialism (regardless "managed capitalism", so no one will know it is socialism) while he repeatedly bashes the PRC as corrupt, brutal, and bereft of innovation. Just ignore the political commentary - there is plenty of good info in the book, and I'll bet that you will be excited about the potential of this technology.
There is so much information about 3D printing that its astonishing to think of the possibilities! This book gives you a glimpse into the possibility of where this may soon go. It is simply amazing when you learn what this is currently capable of. Technology is advancing, this is not only an emerging technology but one that is destined to be vital to the world economy.
An amazing book, educational, informative and really captures your imagination to the possibilities! Must have!
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