I’m sure you’ve recognized by now that many of our most creative individuals never get the credit they deserve. Sometimes, it’s because what they developed or invented was marketed by a large firm, so the credit goes to the company. Sometimes, it’s because the inventor or developer is a typical engineer, who prefers to be left alone. There are a slew of other reasons, besides.
So, what do we know, so far. (Remember- this series started on Monday- with a sneak preview last Wednesday!) 3D printing apps are now available on all new PC’s, since there’s an app that is part of Windows 8. 3D printers that work with the app are out, and even more are coming. And, now, we can bet that file-sharing (or file selling) programs will let us obtain the designs we want to print for ourselves.
I’ve been remiss keeping you apprised of the developments in 3D Printing. As, I wrote last Wednesday, when I reported about the pop-up shop in Baltimore. And, as I repeatedly have said, 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) is going to change what and how we do things. I’ve discussed what the aviation industry has already adopted, how medical innovations are affected, among others. But, now…
While we were surprised at the timing (or at least the announcement), it’s pretty clear that Microsoft knew Steve Ballmer was going to be retiring soon. Not necessarily in the next 12 months, as was announced, but certainly within the next three years, after his youngest child began college. Because he said that several times.
I last wrote about Microsoft’s Kinect system about 18 months ago. (There was a three part mini-series that started here.) I discussed why the Kinect system was more than just a toy- with tremendous applications for medicine and healthcare. Today, we’ll talk about a totally different use. One that makes it very useful for 3D printing.