How to Explain 3D Printing in 30 Seconds

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3DP in 30 Seconds (unforgiving video stills version)

On Feb. 10, shortly after arriving in NYC for the 3D PrintShow to cover the fashion and art, I headed to CNBC’s Englewood, NJ studios for a taping of a 30 second segment on 3D Printing. This was part of a new online format called “30 Seconds to Know“, which breaks down a complex technical topic in 30 seconds.

My Nervous System custom Kinematics necklace “27624” gets a brief cameo.

It was a pleasant experience, but brutal in terms of content coverage, as the 30 second time limit was strictly enforced. I had to collapse the entire world of professional additive manufacturing to desktop 3D printing into half a minute. We did a lot of editing on the fly and this CNBC video is the result.

Although it glosses over all the details, I think it came out well. I focused on the parts of the process that occur with any type of printer and any method of printing: take a 3D model, slice it into layers, print it.

There’s something beautiful about extreme simplicity.

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