IoT

Combining IoT Gizmo Kits With Your 3D Printer

IoT and 3D Printing

The 3D printer in my cubicle keeps printing name tags without my name and only cube number instead—should I be worried about this?

Imagine a future where an “organizational” 3D printer is stationed in every cube. You are working away on a project, when suddenly the printer comes to life. You remotely check it from time to time, just to see what it is printing. As the object begins to take shape, you recognize it to be a nameplate. Eventually, you see your cube number, but a different name has been printed on the nameplate. Am I unemployed? Am I moving to a new cube? These are just a few questions which may come to mind. Something like this situation could very well happen, and maybe sooner than you might think. I have been using 3D printers for more than four years now, and during that time, I have learned several lessons about 3D materials, printing and ultimately how to start getting up to speed on this amazing tech. First off, there are many 3D printers out there in the market right now.

You can purchase printers that sit in your home and print just about anything you can imagine. You can send a picture of yourself off, and get a 3D print of you. Alternatively, there are companies that offer print services where you send them what you want printed and they print it and send it back to you in a matter of days.

Why, then am I talking about this market and technology on a site that focuses primarily on Big data, Cloud and IoT, you may be asking? Well, that is a very interesting question. The first part of that question is simply that 3D printing is a very intriguing market. For small companies which either create or are considering creating new products, a 3D printer can help them move their dream quickly forward. Building architects can easily print out their designs in three dimensions. No more hours of model building; simply create the 3D file and print your building. Making massive changes to your fleet of planes? That’s ok, create the 3D file again and print away.

In the growing world of new and innovative IoT creations and objects, a 3D printer is a great starting point to launch your idea. You can print the object you are considering to help achieve proof of concept. Then, you can iterate the case, the boards and all of the component pieces. You can design precisely how everything fits together. And you can easily figure out how much will actually fit in your creation.

All of this and more helps innovators perform rapid prototyping and save a lot of time and energy in the process. It allows for the real-time changes in your innovation, which in turn helps it move to production faster (in theory, of course). You can also get printable material that conducts electricity; with the use of a 3D printer or pen, you can print in metal or flexible plastic, and with some of the 3D pens, you can even create a Henna-style tattoo on a person (there are pens that print cool – you cannot use a regular 3D pen on a human, for it would not only burn their skin, but isn’t designed to “stick” onto the skin in the first place).

cloudtweaks-comic-data-3d-printing

Now, the question is: Will a 3D printer be the centerpiece of the home of tomorrow? I’ve seen various future living spaces featuring 3D printers, and I am not convinced that in the majority of people will have one of these things in their living rooms. I do think a number of 3D printers will exist, however. For the most part , the price is far too high now for most people to invest and have one in their home. But in the next few years, we could see a drop in prices to help make 3D printers more of a mainstay in homes and small businesses.

Where I see this technology really making a huge impact—beyond increasing the velocity of innovation itself—is in schools and universities. There are IoT toolkits you can buy right now that include the “guts” of IoT connections, like Bluetooth, Raspberry PI, Wi-Fi and even cellular connections to cloud-based controls. Combine these IoT gizmo kits with a 3D printer, and you now have the capacity to create IoT devices that include custom forms.  Imagine a robot that resembles a Labrador Retriever or a tiny lamp that actually lights up on its own. These are just a few examples of creations that even younger students can dream up.

iot-lamp

So, while I believe there probably won’t be a 3D printer in every living room anytime soon, I do think there will be many 3D-printed objects we can use in our everyday lives. If you wander the various internet sites that offer you 3D objects you can print on demand, or the various companies that have created books to create 3D objects with 3D pens, you will find almost anything you could possibly want to print and use. For schools, inventors, building architects and people that simply dream in all three dimensions, the awesome reality of 3D printing is nearly here.

Now, if someone could direct me to the nearest body shop that can 3D print a fender for my newly dented car, I would be thrilled!

By Scott Andersen

Scott Andersen

Scott Andersen is the managing partner and Chief Technology Officer of Creative Technology & Innovation. During his 25+ years in the technology industry Scott has followed many technology trends down the rabbit hole. From early adopter to last person selecting a technology Scott has been on all sides. Today he loves spending time on his boat, with his family and backing many Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects.

Combatting Malware in the Cloud Requires a New Way of Thinking

Combatting Malware in the Cloud Requires a New Way of Thinking

Malware in the Cloud It’s no secret that cloud adoption has exploded in the enterprise over last few years. However, this aggressive cloud adoption trend has also opened the floodgates for a host of new ...
Webroot Threat Research Reveals the Top 10 Nastiest Ransomware Attacks of 2017

Webroot Threat Research Reveals the Top 10 Nastiest Ransomware Attacks of 2017

Nastiest Ransomware Attacks of 2017 BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Webroot, a leader in endpoint security, network security, and threat intelligence, revealed the 10 nastiest ransomware attacks to hit within the past year. According to Webroot's ...
Opportunities and Pitfalls When Hiring a Chief Data Officer

Opportunities and Pitfalls When Hiring a Chief Data Officer

The Chief Data Officer As part of their digital roadmap, organizations are increasingly taking advantage of big data and making analytics a core aspect of their business. Many of these underline the strategic importance by ...
Bryan Doerr

Cyber-Threats and the Need for Secure Industrial Control Systems

Secure Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Industrial Control Systems (ICS) tend to be “out of sight, out of mind.” These systems are essential to life in any advanced society because they manage critical infrastructure such as ...
International Data Privacy Laws: Consistently Inconsistent

International Data Privacy Laws: Consistently Inconsistent

International Data Privacy Laws Many multinational enterprises are faced with a plethora of restrictions and regulations both in their home countries and in the countries where they conduct business. While some of these laws are ...
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Direct Reporting
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Hydro Cancellation
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Techwear
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Easter Egg Hunt
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Day 5
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Going Viral
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Dial-up Speeds
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Snowball Effect
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Virtual Office Space

CLOUDBUZZ NEWS

Sumo Logic and Partners to Host NYC DevOps Event with Dr. Nicole Forsgren

Sumo Logic and Partners to Host NYC DevOps Event with Dr. Nicole Forsgren

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence, today announced it is hosting a DevOps industry event at the Eventi Hotel in New ...
Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems

Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems

A team of Waterloo researchers found that applying artificial intelligence to the right combination of data retrieved from wearable technology may detect whether your health is failing. The study, which involved researchers from Waterloo’s Faculties ...
Security in the Cloud—A Little Known Advantage, Actually

Security in the Cloud—A Little Known Advantage, Actually

Okay, I’ll go ahead and say it: Public cloud infrastructures are more secure, and the security is more cost-effective, than the majority of on-premises data centers. That should get the blood flowing. With the word ...