It was, I think, a couple of years ago when I said, 3D printing of various products is on its way. I suggested maybe getting a 3D printer for a few thousand bucks and experimenting with it. Maybe print some key chains or stuff like that. The responses were along the lines of “Oh, sure, someday.”
“Someday” just got a whole lot closer. Here’s the link to Intel’s turnkey 3D printer setup for apparel. Also, you’ll note, it’s going to be a complete retail management system.
Yes, I know. “It takes up too much room.” “It’s too expensive.” “It takes too long to print.” “Our customers aren’t asking for it.” “It’s not available yet.”
It will become available. And the next version will be smaller, cheaper and faster. And your customers will ask. Hell, they will expect it. What will be your objection then?
So, in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m kind of frustrated. To those of you who are all over this, I apologize. I do what I do, even at the risk of making some of you uncomfortable, even angry, to get you to think about how things are changing. I know how hard that is to do (at least it was hard for me) when you are running a business day to day.
I’ve said a few times that the biggest risk was not taking any risk. Here’s another example of that. Please get it on your radar now.
Okay, I feel better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest.