A sip down memory lane reveals past may be prologue for this venerable brand.
Where would we be if Gutenberg had not combined paper, ink, the screw press and movable type to bring us the printing press? Well, I wouldn’t have a stack of magazines sitting on my desk. More importantly, we wouldn’t have the foundation for the mass distribution of information that we have today. In other words, the true innovation driven by the printing press is the democratization of written communication. What’s more amazing is that we’re facing another revolutionary shift right now.
This revolution doesn’t have to do with the development of written content or information, but rather the physical production of products. What I’m referring to is 3D printing technology. It’s a wave of innovation that’s about to hit us – and the industries we support – like a Muhammad Ali knockout punch to the jaw.
For those who aren’t familiar with the technology, 3D printers allow a user to manufacture or build an actual, workable item or product (including kinetic functionality) layer by layer, similar to the way that ink printers create an image on a piece of paper.
3D printing is often called additive manufacturing, and its real strength is that it’s much less reliant upon economies of scale, allowing for... Read more