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Disruptive Technologies: The International Impact of 3-D Printing and
Implications for Utah Companies, Organizations and Individuals
On April 17, 2014 the World Trade Association hosted a breakfast meeting with “Invent-a-part,” a company in Utah that designs 3-D printers. Conversation centered on the new technology, how it has evolved, and the projected future state of the equipment. Representatives from Invent-a-part, Jared Eggett, CEO and Founder, and Michael Lundwall, Vice President of Engineering, explained the technology related to 3-D printing and how it is affecting the lifestyles of company, industry and even family homes. Jared and Michael showed examples of products produced on the 3-D printer including car parts, baskets, toys, metal chess pieces, and plastic Easter eggs. Jared and Michael also explained that the technology has grown leaps and bounds over the past years and their goal is produce an affordable 3-D printer that can be available in family homes for $250. This is an incredible proposition considering most 3-D printers are well over $1,500.
Many people who have seen 3-D printing are speechless by this futuristic technology. Many say the technology is quite straightforward: It is a small evolutionary step from spraying toner on paper to putting down layers of something more substantial (such as plastic resin and other materials) until the layers add up to an object. And yet, by enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot and as needed, 3-D printing really is ushering in a new era. Michael and Jared showed the audience pictures of dresses, medical casts and more that were created on a 3-D Printer, and further explained that the options were endless.
Discussion also included the implications of exporting the 3-D Printer and more importantly the Computer Assisted drawings (CAD) designs that could be sold to consumers to build certain products in the comfort of their own home. There is certainly more to come in this field and the 24 attendees at this WTA event had a front row seat in learning about the technology with its current, as well as futuristic applications.