Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
User Rank
Re: Thingmaker vs Vac-u-form
Aeroengineer   2/3/2014 9:43:34 PM

You get to the heart of the issue.  These devices neet to either have a dramatic drop in cost to be making such items, or a great increase in versitility to achieve a level of usefulness to the average consumer.

User Rank
Re: One of a kind...
Aeroengineer   2/3/2014 9:41:41 PM

That is an interesting take on it.  How do you see such a workflow developing, and at what stage does the person scan the components?  If it is after they have broke, it would take some real smarts behind the device to make such a system to work.  It is an interesting thought.

User Rank
Re: Think about the 2D printer market
krisi   2/3/2014 5:36:47 PM
I agree with Tony...there will be some 3-D printer shops and services...but very few people will own them...what for? I fail to see ANY mass market consumer applications of this over-hyphed technology...Kris

User Rank
Think about the 2D printer market
TonyTib   2/3/2014 5:11:14 PM
Regular printers are cheap and pretty good but many people still use "service bureaus" such as Costco, the local drugstore, and on-line to print photos, and, especially, unusual photo products such as large prints, mugs, canvas prints, metal prints, puzzles, etc.

I'd say a closer match to 3-D printer are photo printers (especially the large ones from Canon, Epson, & HP).  How many people have them?  Only the dedicated photo enthusiasts.  It's similar to other hobbies: how many people own Proxxon rotary tools?

I think it'll be similar with 3-D printing: only the dedicated makers will have 3-D printers, but there will be a lot of room for service companies making customizable stuff using higher end 3D printers. 

Hopefully, the maker market will be large enough to breed innovation and competition -- the market for high end cameras (bascially, all DSLRs and M-ILCs) and photo printers is big enough, and the cost isn't too far off from what a decent 3D printer will probably cost (in the $1000's, not the $100's).

User Rank
Thingmaker vs Vac-u-form
betajet   2/3/2014 4:02:51 PM
As a replacement for a Mattel Thingmaker or Vac-u-form, 3D printers are very impressive.  More seriously, they are great for making 3D models and replacing missing game pieces.

However, when I need replacement parts it's generally because the old part has worn out or has started to leak.  So it's unlikely that the materials available for current 3D printers are going to be robust enough for something that gets a lot of wear (like a car part or a cane tip or a shoe sole) or have the right sealing properies for plumbing parts.

They also don't provide a good solution for making single-quantity PCBs for projects with high-density SMT components.  And we're pretty far from having a 3-D printer generate custom integrated circuits.

But we're still in the early stages of the technology.

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
One of a kind...
Max The Magnificent   2/3/2014 3:40:07 PM
I don't think 3D printers will ever become as ubiquitous as their 2D counterparts unless they start to be totally "hands-free" as it were -- like if it looked like a microwave oven -- and you placed a part you want to replicate inside and press the "Scan/Copy" button -- then you take that part out, close th edoor, and press the "Print" button.

When it comes to 3D printing at home, this is really useful technology when it comes to replacement items you can't get for existing products -- and also for one-of-a-kind items you want for your own projects.

<<   <   Page 2 / 2

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Like Us on Facebook
Special Video Section
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential ...
Vincent Ching, applications engineer at Avago Technologies, ...
The LT®6375 is a unity-gain difference amplifier which ...
The LTC®4015 is a complete synchronous buck controller/ ...
The LTC®2983 measures a wide variety of temperature sensors ...
The LTC®3886 is a dual PolyPhase DC/DC synchronous ...
The LTC®2348-18 is an 18-bit, low noise 8-channel ...
The LT®3042 is a high performance low dropout linear ...
Chwan-Jye Foo (C.J Foo), product marketing manager for ...
The LT®3752/LT3752-1 are current mode PWM controllers ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...