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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494213966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494213961
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Winnan has many interests with expertise in a variety of fields. For the last two decades he has been based in the newest incubator of great ideas: Asia. As a consultant, he travels widely throughout Asia working in Thailand, Korea and the emerging powerhouse China. Seeking out the latest breakthroughs in a wide range of emerging technologies, he visits research facilities, trade shows and suppliers throughout China to analyze and evaluate the latest developments. He turns facts into information, and information into valuable knowledge. His uncanny ability to pick and forecast trends leave him in demand as an advisor to European and North American companies and investors. As a writer, he has established his expertise by contributing to Frommers and National Geographic. When not consulting or publishing, he can be found exploring Asia's newest frontiers: from the Tibetan borderland ancient tea-horse routes to the fantastic karst landscapes of south China's opium trails.

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This book gives you a glimpse into the possibility of where this may soon go.
The BookWorm
3D printing is definitely the next big thing to expect, there are suggestions that it will drive a new industrial revolution.
Moore Ronson
All of it really great info, well written in a way that's easily understandable as well as knowledgeable and informative.
M. Clark

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Marc Stayman on October 27, 2013
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I purchased the this book to learn more about financial opportunities that are possible using 3D printing technologies. I was impressed with the authors knowledge of the existing equipment and their relative strengths and weaknesses and I was also impressed with the authors deep knowledge of all the different characters one could make across the world of comic books, video games and anime. However, what I wasn't impressed with was the financial model the author claims readers can capitalize on. Essentially, the idea is that print up these characters and models one by one and sell them on eBay. I am sure you can make a few bucks but no one is going to quit there job doing this kind of work.

What really set me off was when the author ran off the road and started talking about politics with the author's leftist leanings became very apparent. It's not just that I didn't buy this book to hear about the author's political hobby horses, but that his ideas were so naive. The author suggested that the revolution of 3D printing could actually put the majority of manufacturing workers out of a job! Like many lefty pseudo-political thinkers, he falls into the trap of believing in a zero sum gain economy. 3D printing won't destroy the manufacturing industry any more than robots did. It will change the industry, it will shift the industry, it will create many new opportunities, but it will not put tens of thousands out of work.

To compound my frustration with the book, the when the author started to talk about the potential of printing firearms on a 3D printer, he again ran off the road to talk about politics. The author suggested that the easy availability of firearms in Thailand accounted for it having the 3rd highest murder rate.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jack on January 22, 2013
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32 years ago computers were fairly common in the enterprise, but terribly expensive and well beyond the reach of the masses. However, at that time a bunch of geeks were building small computers in their garages. These first affordable computers were limited in capability, but the limitations were soon overcome and now there is a computer on every desk. Many of the original computer geeks became very wealthy in the process. 3D printing is at the stage computers were 32 years ago. This is a technology on the verge of exploding and Winnan's book does an excellent job describing the transition from the here-and-now into the future. It's a must read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2013
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Good overview with a lot of enthusiasm. I liked the links to internet sites for further info, but it sometimes comes across a bit as as the text from a high school presentation. For example, the 3D modelling resource info includes material clearly lifted straight from the website or other promotional lit - it is good to have but is just a glorified list.
As others have mentioned, he goes on an anti-capitalism rant that is silly, especially when he touts the idea of socialism (regardless "managed capitalism", so no one will know it is socialism) while he repeatedly bashes the PRC as corrupt, brutal, and bereft of innovation. Just ignore the political commentary - there is plenty of good info in the book, and I'll bet that you will be excited about the potential of this technology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 18, 2014
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The author pretty much seems to have cribbed from the internet. Jumps around, text is laid out poorly and I need anecdotes from him about his political views like I need a second anal aperture. Wow what a lot of business ideas he has ... you can make figurines, dolls or "action figures" - wow!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The BookWorm on April 7, 2013
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It's amazing how far time advances things. Printers seemed to be behind for the most part. We had color and photo printers but not much else until this new technology emerged!

There is so much information about 3D printing that its astonishing to think of the possibilities! This book gives you a glimpse into the possibility of where this may soon go. It is simply amazing when you learn what this is currently capable of. Technology is advancing, this is not only an emerging technology but one that is destined to be vital to the world economy.

An amazing book, educational, informative and really captures your imagination to the possibilities! Must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Caine on September 5, 2013
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Well executed book overall. I learned a lot about the tech, the current market, and quite a bit about business with China. I don't know if I will ever own a printer, but I certainly understand why somebody would.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Polus on April 6, 2014
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The book covers all the basic technologies well then careens off into the ditch with a bunch of communist "nobody should own their own work drivel"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Dean on October 6, 2013
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This book is exactly what I wanted, and it covered the 3D basics as promised. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone new to 3D.
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Christopher Winnan has many interests with expertise in a variety of fields. For the last two decades he has been based in the newest incubator of great ideas: Asia.

As a consultant, he travels widely throughout Asia working in Thailand, Korea and the emerging powerhouse China. Seeking out the latest breakthroughs in a wide range of emerging technologies, he visits research facilities, trade shows and suppliers throughout China to analyze and evaluate the latest developments. He turns facts into information, and information into valuable knowledge. His uncanny ability to pick and forecast trends leave him in demand as an advisor to European and North American companies and investors.

As a writer, he has established his expertise by contributing to Frommers and National Geographic. When not consulting or publishing, he can be found exploring Asia's newest frontiers: from the Tibetan borderland ancient tea-horse routes to the fantastic karst landscapes of south China's opium trails.

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