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Shapeways: 3D打印重塑制造业

Jessi Hempel 2013年05月20日

Shapeways公司是一家专门从事3D打印的公司,人们可以设计并利用Shapeways的高端3D打印机打印物品,比如打印一个自己设计的iPhone手机壳只需20美元。近期安德森•霍洛维茨基金领衔向该公司投资了3000万美元。

    今年以来,随着像史泰博(Staples)这样的公司开始推出普通消费者也买得起的3D打印机,3D打印热潮开始受到各界的热烈追捧。本月初,3D系统公司(3D Systems)制造的3D打印机The Cube在Staples.com上以每台1300美元的定价开始销售;七月就能在实体店买到。但和所有第一代科技产品一样,这些打印机也没法随心所欲打出人们想要的任何东西。号称能打出全球第一把3D手枪的说法也只是个博人眼球的小插曲而已。

    3D打印真正的潜力还是有赖企业界发掘——比如像空客公司(Airbus)这样的企业就会探索如何用3D打印技术制造飞机零部件。正是这种远景激发了魏玛豪森的雄心壮志。随着大企业对3D制造的兴趣日益浓厚,原材料成本就会随着下降,同时打印机技术也会不断改进。而普通消费者也能买到用更多材料打印的更多种类的物品。今天也许还只能买到打印的iPhone手机壳。未来说不定就能买到打印的手机了。(财富中文网)

    译者:清远

    The 3-D printing buzz has been a bit overblown this year as companies like Staples (SPLS) begin making them available directly to consumers -- earlier this month The Cube, which is manufactured by 3D Systems (DDD), went on sale for $1,300 through Staples.com; it will likely be available in stores starting as early as July. But just as with any first-generation tech products, these printers won't be capable of doing all that much. The fanfare over the world's first 3-D-printed gun is also a distracting sideshow.

    The real potential for 3-D printing will be felt in enterprise -- as companies like Airbus explore using 3-D printing to make, say, airplane parts. That's the bet that fuels Weijmarshausen's ambitions. As big business takes an increasing interest in 3-D manufacturing, the costs of materials will come down. and the machine technology will improve. Customers will be able to order more types of objects in more materials. Today, perhaps it's the iPhone case. Tomorrow, potentially, the phone itself.

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