In early 2013 I started the 3D printing marketplace MakerShop.co. After reading Chris Anderson’s book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution I had a vision of how the world would slowly change over the coming decades, much like the computer had transformed the world. The new frontier adds a lot of potential to transform how designers of things make and distribute usable goods.
For example, the cadence of value was restricted in the traditional manufacturing world to every few months or years. It took a long time to prototype a design, prepare it for manufacture in a foreign country, have it made in a foreign country, transported back to a retail store in the US and finally purchased. You couldn’t do all of that on a weekend. However, it is possible to do that with 3D printing.
A 3D printing marketplace is an online website where you can purchase or download for free the work of designers. Then you can 3D print it at home, in the office or have it printed and mailed to you through a service provider. You can get physical things at the speed of design!