The decentralization of our society and economy is taking place all around us and disruptive innovations go hand-in-hand with one another to make this happen. Just a few years ago, the world of 3D printing at home seemed inaccessible to everyday consumers, yet that situation changed over the years. Even so, 3D Hubs is looking to spread the 3D printing revolution even further by connecting creators with the necessary hardware in their area.
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3D Hubs HD – Industrial-grade 3D Printers for All Designers
There is a major difference between using a consumer-grade and an industrial-grade 3D printer for your project. The latter category is – besides far more expensive – pretty much off-limits to everyday consumers. Or at least they were, until 3D Hubs announced their new 3D Hubs HD project to tackle that barrier head-on.
Direct communication between 3D Hubs customers and approved HD Hubs is a key element of this new project. Doing so will guarantee not only faster completion times but also more accurate production, as customers can directly communicate with the person responsible for printing out their idea.
3D Hubs HD is a service that will stand or fall depending on its list of approved Hubs and their accessibility. When this service launched a few days ago, industry leaders such as Sculpteo, NRI and i.materialise were confirmed to be among the first group of service providers to make this service available to everyday consumers.
As far as the ordering process for 3D Hubs HD is concerned, it will be identical to the regular 3D Hubs procedure. Consumers can upload a 3D printable file to the platform, make their selection of nearby printing hub they would like to use, and that’s all there is to it. This service is a smart move by 3D Hubs, as there is a growing demand for industrial-grade 3D printing services from both large and small customers.
While all of the above sounds great on paper, a lot of people were wondering whether or not 3D Hubs HD will be an affordable service. Bringing industrial-grade 3D printing services to everyday consumers would – normally speaking – come at a high price. But this is where 3D Hubs is different from traditional platforms offering such a service, as they allow service providers to determine their own price and directly compete with one another.
The 3D Hubs HD project will kick off in 37 cities around the world and showcase the introduction of Strong and Flexible Nylon. Unlike traditional 3D printing materials, Strong and Flexible Nylon is becoming quite popular among Product Designers and Architects. As you would come to expect from using such a new material, the printing process is quite different as well.
Selective Laser Sintering – also known as SLS – is an additive manufacturing process. Even though this process is only used for one printing material right now, 3D Hubs plans to introduce more HD materials over the next few months. Furthermore, more locations will be added to the list, giving every citizen in the world access to industrial-grade 3D printing at affordable prices.
Until the end of October, 3D Hubs HD customers can enjoy a 30% discount when trying out the Strong & Flexible Nylon material. Additionally, 3D Hubs is working on putting together a series of design workshops around the world, giving designers the chance to get a hands-on experience with printing designs in HD materials. The first of these events will take place in London, England, on October 28, and is called 3D Printing for Designers and Architects.
Decentralizing 3D Printing While Bitcoin Decentralizes Finance
Decentralizing different aspects of life is nothing new. Over the past few years, there have been various initiatives to restore the “peer-to-peer” aspect to our society. Rather than using specified centralized services, people are revolting against the idea of not being in control of their actions. After all, there is much more to life than waking up, going to work, paying taxes, and dying.
Some aspects are more difficult to decentralize, such as the financial sector for example. Bitcoin, a disruptive digital currency, is looking to decentralize finance around the world, and provide financial services to unbanked and underbanked nations. As you would come to expect, decentralizing financial services is meeting a lot of resistance, with governments and central banks not willing to relinquish their power quite so easily.
Source: 3D Hubs
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