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How Will 3D Printing Change Commercial Real Estate?

By Jim Gillespie | November 20, 2013

If you haven’t followed the subject of 3D printing yet, it’s probably about time that you began taking a look at it. Imagine "printing" 3D objects that you can utilize every day in your life…objects that you would normally either buy in a store or order for yourself online.

This subject is one that is much, much easier to grasp once you see a demonstration of it, which I’m going to provide for you right now. Click here and take a look at this video, and you’ll see many of the potential uses for 3D printing within our lives.

Once you’ve watched the video, ask yourself the following question: "How could this potentially impact the use of, the location of, the size of, and the demand for manufacturing, distribution, and retail space?"

In addition to this, take a look at this wonderful, heartwarming video. Leon McCarthy was born without fingers on his left hand. His father downloaded the plans to "3D print" a prosthetic hand for Leon, and you’ll see the joy that this hand has now brought into Leon’s life. After purchasing the 3D printer for $2,000.00, the material to print the prosthetic hand cost only about $10.00, as compared with paying tens of thousands of dollars to obtain a prosthetic hand through the normal channels.

Click here to see the video.

So how will all of this impact commercial real estate when 3D printing becomes mainstream?

That chapter is certainly one that’s still left to be written.

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