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  • 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: 159,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I enjoyed this book and do feel that it gave a good insight into the 3d printing industry from the authors point of view.

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.
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By Jimchelt on 24 July 2013
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Very thought provoking and stimulating. If you are thinking of having a crack at 3D printing this will probably encourage you to buy a printer and giving it a go. Maybe a bit fanciful where ideas for moneymaking are concerned but nevertheless interesting.
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By holykolyan on 1 Sept. 2013
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Good introduction but not exactly what I wanted. You need to do your own research for a specific topics. Otherwise excellent to start asking questions.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Love2Read on 1 Feb. 2014
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I have this book as the Kindle edition, and have found it to be a real page-turner. The writer covers so many aspects of the "New" technology from hardware and its availability through commercial uses to prospects of future development.
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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Mostly Disappointed 27 Oct. 2013
By Marc Stayman - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the this book to learn more about financial opportunities that are possible using 3D printing technologies. I was impressed with the authors knowledge of the existing equipment and their relative strengths and weaknesses and I was also impressed with the authors deep knowledge of all the different characters one could make across the world of comic books, video games and anime. However, what I wasn't impressed with was the financial model the author claims readers can capitalize on. Essentially, the idea is that print up these characters and models one by one and sell them on eBay. I am sure you can make a few bucks but no one is going to quit there job doing this kind of work.

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.
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If you have any interest in 3D printing you have to read this book. 23 Jan. 2013
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32 years ago computers were fairly common in the enterprise, but terribly expensive and well beyond the reach of the masses. However, at that time a bunch of geeks were building small computers in their garages. These first affordable computers were limited in capability, but the limitations were soon overcome and now there is a computer on every desk. Many of the original computer geeks became very wealthy in the process. 3D printing is at the stage computers were 32 years ago. This is a technology on the verge of exploding and Winnan's book does an excellent job describing the transition from the here-and-now into the future. It's a must read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good, energetic intro to 3D printing 24 May 2013
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Good overview with a lot of enthusiasm. I liked the links to internet sites for further info, but it sometimes comes across a bit as as the text from a high school presentation. For example, the 3D modelling resource info includes material clearly lifted straight from the website or other promotional lit - it is good to have but is just a glorified list.
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.
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Very poorly written 18 May 2014
By Tom Hailand - Published on Amazon.com
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The author pretty much seems to have cribbed from the internet. Jumps around, text is laid out poorly and I need anecdotes from him about his political views like I need a second anal aperture. Wow what a lot of business ideas he has ... you can make figurines, dolls or "action figures" - wow!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Technology is Simply Amazing! 7 April 2013
By The BookWorm - Published on Amazon.com
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It's amazing how far time advances things. Printers seemed to be behind for the most part. We had color and photo printers but not much else until this new technology emerged!

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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