From Printing Paper to Print Parts to Paper Weight
The title might be a little long, but I felt it was fitting to what I wanted to discuss. It seems that through high demand products become available to everyone. I want to give a brief history on paper printing, compare it to desktop 3D printers and finally transition to what occurs in our daily lives as users of 3d printers.
Go back a many years ago and the information industry was not very prosperous. Only through word of mouth or text could you learn and educate yourself on any desired subject. Only through the printing press could information be compressed into a paper bound device the could travel further than any other technology. Through the years of printing the high demand of information allowed for a great breakthrough to occur, a printing press within the house hold. Today printers sit ideally ready for any job that might require printing, but instead they seem to only accumulate dust and instead have to offer options such as scanning or copying documents. It seems that we do not produce enough content to run the printer night and day.
Similar to the printing press 3D printers have gone through a similar history. They were used only through large operations and slowly moved into homes. With the ever growing market of desktop printers it seems that there is a new printer every day. Having the ability to print has give the false illusion of creating a venture to print parts for others that lack the ability. This is a weird phenomena that paper printing didn't necessarily experience. A large group of individuals that print for service, now granted fedex does offer printing services, but through its popularity it has been able to sustain its model. Having 3d printing so readily available has inspired others to offer services, but unfortunately there is little value in printing parts. This business model is reliant on a individual that is not educated with the technology and will never phase into 3d printing themselves. Leaving behind the same ideal printer, only accumulating dust.
I want to finish this blog by referring to a book I read called: "The Entrepreneur mind". The book goes over 100 beliefs that "true" entrepreneurs must have. The most memorable one is one that focus on business models. It mentions that there are only 2 ways to provide value, either you offer value by reducing price or you offer value through innovation. The author goes over how most new businesses focus on reducing the price instead of providing innovative products. If you observe the same companies a few years later the innovative ones control most of the available revenue and are less likely to go out of business. That being said I hope you all stay innovative and don't forget to inspire others through your work.