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3D Printing: The Next Technology Gold Rush - Future Factories and How to Capitalize on Distributed Manufacturing [Paperback]

Christopher D. Winnan
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22 Nov 2013
This book concentrates on three main areas.

1. Easy to read, yet detailed explanations of all the 3D printing related technologies currently available
2. Practical advice on how this technology can be leveraged as a successful business in today's economy.
3. The wider long-term repercussions, including real world examples of how 3D printing is set to change the future of industry.

Part 1 of this book presents the various 3D printing systems currently on the market, covering their background, their functionality and their relative pros and cons. Separate chapters offer similarly in-depth examinations of the very latest scanning technologies, 3D modelling software and 3D file archives. Complex technical processes are explained in detail, but using language accessible to readers who are new to this fascinating subject.

Part 2 focuses specifically on areas in which a 3D printer can be used to generate income. It examines a wide range of niche markets presenting real world examples and current success stories. In addition, it identifies and explores many unfilled niches that are still wide open. The author talks extensively about his own projects and analyses large amounts of very well researched information that is unavailable elsewhere.

Part 3 looks at the bigger picture. Individual chapters concentrate upon emerging materials, how the industry is scaling up production, and where the battle lines are being drawn amongst the complex legal issues. Readers are introduced to the highly disruptive nature of distributed manufacturing, demonstrating many of the global impacts and developments that will transform entire economies in the next ten years.

Far from being a dry technical manual, this book addresses three key issues that are important to anybody interested in this rapidly evolving field. What are 3D printers all about? How can they be used to make money? What does the immediate future hold for this amazing technology? Humorous, insightful and inspiring in equal measure.

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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: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,596 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 1 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 3D Printing Overview 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative. 10 July 2013
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Format, proofing and layout is fair to good on the Kindle.

Well, I now know quite a lot more about 3D printing than I did - and possibly more than I wanted to.

For the layman this covers most to the concept so that it's not a total "what's that?" in conversation.

I have no idea how useful or interesting it is to the professional or someone seeking to exploit 3D in a commercial or technical field, but it covered everything I asked of it. CW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great distillation of information 22 May 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 3D Printing - So much to learn 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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