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The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing |

Stick a fork in 3-D printing, it’s done. Or at least everyone is starting to wonder why it is slipping off a ledge.

Source: The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing |

I was somewhat surprised to read this article, but it made sense on some level.  From my perspective, it seems like some of the more revolutionary technological advances intended for both consumer and business use are going through…growing pains, as I see it.  Google Glass was on the right track in some instances, and not in others.  Hololens, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are taking over some of the experiences from Glass, and while those are cool for gaming and other uses, they still aren’t entirely practical just yet.  3-D printing, I think still has a lot of potential, but between not getting some of the 3-D printing nuances down, getting the costs of the printers and materials down, it’s not making it practical. A regular paper printer is significantly cheaper to make origami 3-D items before making ones on 3-D printers, but I still contend that it’s still finding its way into figuring out its true purpose. I still want to learn more about it.

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

One thought on “The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing |

  1. Yeah, I was somewhat surprised too. Hadn’t heard that 3D printing has jumped the shark. Like you, I can still imagine some practical applications for the technology. So, who knows?

    What I really like about this article is the perspective it offers on following trends in general.

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