While 3D printing by no means has been a small sensation of technological achievement, its presence in the mainstream is still heavily underrated. This slow stream of adaptation is most likely due to the misunderstandings of what 3D printing actually is (additive manufacturing). While most technologies are traditionally slow to reach mainstream affordability, we’ve seen the prices of 3D printers continue to drop into affordability over the past two years. As expected the adaptation of 3D printing into industry has been unsurprisingly slow. Corporations have no interest in giving independent manufacturing capabilities to single individuals. Unfortunately this will not be something easy to keep under wraps. The ability to self-produce, small quantity items, in various types of materials, for limitless specialty and commodity items will define the future of industry and consumer behavior.
3D projection mapping
3D projection mapping has made some incredible jumps in past years. Developers for programs such as VPT have quickly adapted freeware programs that are both accessible and simple. With a projector, and a basic understanding of simple software, anyone can create 3D projected landscapes. Once the film industry finds a way to feasibly integrate 3D projection into widespread theaters, the cinema experience will have taken its leap into the new world. If there are any case points to made for the incredible potential of 3D projection in creating dynamic and surreal virtual experiences, look no further than Amon Tobin. When industry comes around they will certainly be looking for independent first movers to bring them up to speed.
America has never defined itself by “small” and “economical”, but the impact of consumerism on our lives and environment has continued to become more evident. The advantages of living in smaller, more efficient, and less expensive dwellings is not something that will fade. For those who are looking to scale down, work less, and lower their carbon footprint, tiny homes are an alluring prospect. Many of these homes can be bought for around $15-$80K, which provides increasing incentives for young adults who are already strapped with debt. For the independent DIY’er these homes can be built from the ground up for a fraction of the cost. Even more inviting is the freedom from needing building permits when putting these homes on mobile trailer beds. While some traditional attitudes may scoff at the idea, sizing down, clearing our lives of clutter, and living within our means will be one of the most powerful movements of the decade.