AT the risk of: 1) dating myself; and 2) revealing that “It’s what I don’t know”, I have to say our Guest on last week’s Trend On show, Jesse De Pinto of 3DCreations, llc both inspired and amazed me.
I remember watching reruns of those crazy Jetson’s in their futuristic world of Rosy the Robot and automated gadgets running the home front, as well as visiting Disney World’s Epcot’s Future World — a vision of a someday modern existence of domesticated technology. That Future apparently… is so yesterday.
According to Jesse, “3D printing is not new, so why are people talking about it now?”
Good Question. Even Better Answers came from Jesse in our conversation (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/linkedlocalnetwork/2012/08/15/trend-on).
Jesse is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 3D Creations–a start-up company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
3D Creations is Milwaukee’s first affordable rapid prototyping service, providing smaller companies with 3D printers, technical support, spare parts & materials. 3DCreations also provides small batch orders for just in time manufacturing.
3D printing can best be described as a machine with the capability of creating actual objects made from layer upon layer of plastic by a computer directive or downloaded image. It’s a little hard to imagine, but think of how a 2D printer puts ink on paper in layers… the 3D printer functions somewhat that same way, as Jesse explains it, only the end result is an actual 3D object, like jelly shoes, chess pieces, dental implants, or mini-architectural models. The possibilities apparently are extensive.
Jesse’s enthusiasm for his company and their product–3D Printers the size of microwave ovens for consumer, small business, and education uses, to name a few–is contagious. Admittedly, Jesse said he could talk about them all day long–& he does so at his store during hours of operation Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 am- 2 pm or by appointment–but our Trend On show was unfortunately limited to a half hour.
In that short span of time, one of the most profound statements Jesse made was how 3D Printing will bring manufacturing back to the U.S.A.! “It’s the next big wave in consumer electronics. It’s the most disruptive technology in manufacturing since Henry Ford’s assembly line. It’s the next monumental challenge for copyright,” writes Jesse on the 3DCreations website blog (http://www.3dcreationsllc.com/2012/07/31/what-is-a-3d-printer/).
A second profound potential use of 3D Printing is in the area of actual organ replication and prosthetics — making the Bionic Woman and $6 Million Dollar Man more than fictional throwbacks. Millennial’s like Jesse know the power of such innovation and how consumerism and personal customization, especially of 3D printing, can be successfully leveraged. (They’re also too young to remember any of these pop-culture references… oh wait, they have the internet to Google them like I did. )
It’s all very energizing and exciting… & more than a little Sci-Fi reality.
3D Creations is located in the heart of Milwaukee in the Grand Avenue Mall.
Their Grand Opening is September 4th at 6pm at Innovations in Milwaukee in Grand Avenue Mall located at 161 W. Wisconsin. For more info check out their website at: www.3DCreationsllc.com