3d printing : towards an open design approach | alexandros stasinopoulos | strategic+product design | ...................
  3d printing : towards an open design approach

startups, internet-of-things, automation, wearable gadgets/technologies are only few of the hype terms that flood the tech-blogosphere for the past couple of years. however, no other technology or tech-phenomenon has raised more expectations about the future and the way that it will affect our lives than 3D printing technology. numerous articles and posts are published every day on this subject. some present 3D printing with great excitement some others appear more skeptical whether  this technology will revolutionize industries and our lifestyles  in the near future.
3D printing technology today is definitely cheaper and more “accessible-to-all” compared to the already 30-year old technology that industries, engineers and designers have been using extensively at a much higher cost. the first applications of this cheaper 3D technology are exciting, inspiring and open to any creative person (not just artists and designers). just have a look at these imaginative applications in healthcare, fashion, products, food and even architecture and marketing.
the aim of this post is not  to predict the future of 3d printing and give yet another opinion; as mentioned before, there are numerous articles on this topic reflecting all possible standpoints. however, since i have participated in various new-product-development projects as a designer / project manager and since i have used 3D printing in my professional career i wish to discuss how 3D printing appears to be evolving and how, in my humble opinion, should transform to something more than a technology for custom-mass-produced objects.

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