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“What would you create if you had a machine that could make (almost) anything?”
A book about an incredible subject will soon hit the shelves of bookstores
around the world.
Hod Lipson’s “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing” is scheduled for release on February 11, 2013. It is creating a tremendous buzz, and pre-orders have shot the title to # 4 on the list of best-sellers in the Industry category on Amazon.com.
You can order your copy in hard copy in the USA (The Supply Chain Almanac
Bookstore, powered by Amazon.com) by clicking here.... The title lists at $27.95, but Amazon.com is launching the title at $17.34 (38% off list!)
The Kindle edition may be ordered internationally ($15.46 US as at Feb. 7, 2013) by clicking here….
In Canada, Fabricated will list for $33.95, but Amazon will retail the hard copy at $21.28 CDN (37% off). It may be ordered by clicking here…
From the publishers:
Fabricated offers you practical and imaginative insight into the question, “How will 3D printing change my life?” This book is an informative and fast-paced exploration of 3D printing technologies and the people who use them. You’ll take a journey to design studios, businesses, schools, and cutting-edge research labs. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, Fabricated explores the
promise and peril of a 3D printed present and future.
Fabricated is a good read for people who are intrigued by new technology, or seeking new insight into business strategy, popular science, or the social impact of technology.
I have been an intrigued bystander, watching the development of additive manufacturing for the past number of years. I was fortunate to witness a demonstration of this incredible technology at Durham College in Oshawa, Canada during its early stages of development.
I have come to believe that it has the power to truly lead to a small industrial revolution.
And this is just super-cool: I have heard rumours that a 3D photobooth will soon be opening in Harakuju, Japan. In order to use it you will need a reservation, but the machine will be able to create a tiny replica of you. Mini me! (I haven’t heard about what it will cost.)
Here is a video from Canada’s TV Ontario, that features Dr. Lipson discussing this amazing field. Please enjoy it.
John Skelton is the Principal Consultant and founder of Strategic Inventory Management.