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Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store
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zerox203
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7/31/2014 | 9:19:39 AM
Re: Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store
My first reaction on reading the headline (and I posted this on the InformationWeek Facebook page) was 'wow, I had no idea this was happening!' - 3d printing is still so new and sci-fi to me, and I don't remember Amazon announcing any big plans for it, let alone that it was up and running. Then I took a look at the store... jeeze, what a 180. My reaction was about the same as most of yours: "cool, but what am I going to use any of this stuff for?" No wonder Amazon didn't make a big fuss over it... sounds a little like one of those half-baked ideas we were talking about on IWRadio on Tuesday.

From a business angle, well.... my outlook is a little sunnier. Like someone else said, this gets them in on the ground level in a spot where there's virtually no competition - there are all the little vendors they're aggregating, but nobody else doing the aggregating. I wouldn't hazard a guess as to how much this cost (or will cost) them in setting up and overhead, but I suspect not much - it looks just like their regular store, and I'm sure there's a ton of overlap in systems and processes. Maybe it's not such a big bet that 3d printing will take off. After all, we all had the same reaction - "cool, but I'll wait til it gets better". Not "if", when. Maybe that's exactly what they're expecting.
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7/30/2014 | 7:28:13 AM
Re: Not much that's appealing
@Thomas I agreed with you but I hope that it will go great guns with passage of time and feed back from the consumers. I am of the opinion that a good research should have been done before the launch so that it must have grasped the consumer attention at a very start which it really fails.
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7/29/2014 | 8:58:29 PM
More than Bobbles
Pretty cool by Amazon...bobble heads are a good start...but there are a ton of designers out there with real creative talent featuring their 3D files for free. You can see many of these at www.Redpah.com
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7/29/2014 | 1:47:35 PM
Re: Not much that's appealing
While their marketplace is new and yes, I agree the selection doesn't have me wanting to open my wallet.  That being said, I've purchased from 3D printing sites before including Shapeways and honestly, despite the higher price tag, I've been able to pick up some relatively neat gifts.  I can definitely see the market for custom 3D printing evolving and becoming more mainstream, but right now it's still too early to see it being widely adopted at this point.
Thomas Claburn
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7/29/2014 | 1:10:17 PM
Re: Solving the missing goods problem in the Amazon supply chain
I think part of Amazon's goal is just to get in on the ground floor. The technology will improve and Amazon will benefit from the vendor relationships it made a few years from now.
Jeff Jerome
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7/28/2014 | 11:22:49 PM
Re: Not much that's appealing

@ David _ I am with you I don't open my wallet to buy into a fad.  And the 3D printing has a long weight to go however we are on the verge of some significant changes as it relates to certain products that benefit from manufacturing with specific materials, i.e. the sole of a shoe for example.  But complex products it will take much more development to get there, and it won't be done on Amazon and it won't be me funding it.

Charlie Babcock
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7/28/2014 | 6:33:07 PM
Solving the missing goods problem in the Amazon supply chain
This may in a few cases solve the problem of the Amazon supplier who doesn't produce the goods in time for the holiday. Just press the Print button on the order form.
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7/28/2014 | 5:49:18 PM
Re: Not much that's appealing
Agreed. I like the concept but not the current contents of the marketplace.

 
Thomas Claburn
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7/28/2014 | 5:21:20 PM
Re: Not much that's appealing
I'd be interested in customizable metal tools. But for art objects, cheap plastic falls short.
David F. Carr
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7/28/2014 | 5:18:55 PM
Re: Not much that's appealing
What's missing? What would make you open your wallet?

Me, I don't open my wallet easily to begin with, so this struck me as a very cool concept ... for other people to spend their money on.
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