RE: [rp-ml] A very interesting article ...

From: Scott Schube <>
Date: Fri Nov 13 2009 - 23:51:45 EET

Thanks - nice to see the interest cycle coming back, at least in a small way, toward manufacturing/fabbing/hardware innovation after (from a US perspective at least) a long slow slide, and the recent trend toward "virtual only" businesses. As ever the real benefit of getting more people tinkering is more brains dreaming up, and trying out, new applications for all of these cool tools.
Scott Schube

Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:35:01 -0500
Subject: [rp-ml] A very interesting article ...

Hi Everyone:
A very interesting article appeared yesterday on the front page of the Wall St. Journal:
Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis
By Justin Lahart
The gist is that a new wave of innovation is starting based on students' intensifying interest in the more tangible aspects of design. Hacker spaces are sprouting like mushrooms after the rain and the RP progeny of one them, MakerBot Industries, is shipping CupCakes, like, well - cup-cakes. According to the article they've shipped 350 kits so far.
At $750 ea that's peanuts, but it's also more than 16% of Stratasys' 2008 unit volume - and that's since April.
Try this link, but you may have to get in through Google News:

Ed Grenda
Castle Island Co. (email)

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping
Received on Fri Nov 13 23:45:12 2009

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