First steps into mainstream. 2011 big year for 3D printing?

As you can see in the images below it seems that 3D printing is gaining momentum. European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has developed a bicycle that is fully printed from a nylon product. Sure they won’t get into mass producing bikes, but I assume it is more done as a Proof of Concept project. To see what can be done with the technology and to finally integrate into their aircraft. By doing so they’d save cost and weight.

Press release can be found here.

Engadget here runs this news with the headline:

EADS’s Airbike is a 3D-printed nylon bicycle, actually looks rather decent

What shows through by titling their news this way is that people are getting to grips with what the 3D printing technology can actually do. It is coming of age and more and more people are embracing it. Gone are the days that the only thing that you can print is a very bad representation of your prototype that you can only use once before it breaks into pieces. You can now print actual useful products and people seem to get to be getting to terms with this.

Watch this space as the technology will be gaining momentum this year and as some people say “will be the next idustrial revolution”. Product manufacturing will be de-centralised. Products will be made where necessary. Probably in a shop near you.

And the most exciting thing of all.. We ALL can do it! No 2 years worth of woodworking classes to make yourself a chair that probably falls to pieces when you sit on it. No, you come up with your design, print it yourself or go to a friend with a 3D printer and enjoy the fruit of your creativity!

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