• 3D printing
    The post-finishing waste land

    When you show a 3D printed product to someone who has not seen a 3D printed piece before, there is significant chance that the conversation will be about the material. And that is not surprising. 3D printed pieces look rough, show “printing lines”, and feel different than regular materials.

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  • Random Thought
    Download a human

    I do not believe in a Star Trekian future. Seriously I do not think it is a plausible future that we space travel as humans beyond our solar system. I think even Mars is quite a stretch.

    Instead I think it makes much more sense to download our human brain into a computer and send that computer instead.

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  • Random Thought
    The hardest thing is giving away

    You always end up with less when working at an early-stage startup. The company grows and you've to give away roles and responsibilities to others. It is inevitable for a growing company. But it's ok.

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  • Internet
    Wifi is not a mobile network

    With great regularity I see ideas and companies trying to leverage WIFI as a WAN. I would not recommend it. It's just not designed for that. Here's why.

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  • 3D printing
    Nobody cares about customization

    One of the major learnings of building a 3D printing online service, is that the demand of personal customization of products is overblown. People are just not that into it.

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  • 3D printing
    Smart factories

    The major opportunity of 3D printing / on-demand manufacturing is the ability to produce in series of one. But current manufacturing is setup for large series and to support series of one, it is necessary to change how factories operate.

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  • 3D printing
    Manufacture. use. recycle. repeat.

    This is an exploration how a possible future can look like if we would not own stuff anymore, but they're made when you need them. Typically the future unfolds differently than we imagine, but it gives pointers on how trends can impact the world at large.

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  • 3D printing
    Personalization is more customization

    At the core, personalization enables the user modify a base design to fit to their personal taste. This sounds fantastic and can open a new world where people design their own products within a set of constraints. But when you talk to people about it, they are only mildly interested. The question is why that is?

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  • 3D printing
    Can supply chain made simpler with on-demand manufacturing?
    One of the major challenges for individual and small companies for launching products is supply chain. To find, select and manage a small number of suppliers to manufacture and assemble your product can be a challenge. In this post, I explore how on-demand manufacturing can positively impact this.
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  • 3D printing
    The mono culture of 3D printing

    There is a tendency with 3D printing to print a whole product as a single continuous product. But in real-life products are not a single part and there are good reasons for that. The requirements for individual parts are different. No single material is able to match all of the required properties — especially in the limited offering of materials available for 3D printing.

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