The Thin Line Between Science, Science Fiction, and 3D Printing

As some of you know, I am about to publish the first ebook from Schatt Research. The topic is 3D printing. Remember Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation? Frequently he uses his replicator to order a fresh cup of tea. In some episodes the replicator produces various alien dishes.

What if there really were something like a replicator? Imagine the impact on various industries. Why would we need as many transportation companies if we can produce goods where we need them? Why would we need as many warehouse companies? Why would we need as many retailers if people could produce the goods they need at home?

Imagine, also, the impact on the world’s economic order. China has built up a huge trade surplus because of its cheap labor. What if 3D printing and additive manufacturing eliminated that advantage and pushed that advantage back to the U.S?

Eventually we’ll reach a level of sophistication where 3D printers will be able to mix various chemicals and produce foods or even fulfill prescriptions. I’m not talking centuries here but only a few decades. Of course disruptive technology never happens as quickly as people would like it to take place. The PC revolution took two decades to develop to the point where people at multiple PCs in their homes and considered the device to be as necessary as an oven. The Internet took a few years as well. Not too long ago people were arguing whether to pronounce it “period com” or “dot com.”

That’s what makes science fiction so fascinating. The Circle is an example. The book could very easily be describing what will happen in a few years if we let the evil people at Facebook/Google take over our daily lives and our politics.

I’ll have more to say about 3D printing and its impact on our daily lives when the first Schatt Research volume is published in May.

The Birth of Schatt Research

As if I’m not busy enough, I recently acted as midwife for the birth of Schatt Research. As some of you might know, I worked as a research director and VP at several major market research firms focused on technology research including Giga Information Group, Forrester Research, Current Analysis, ABI Research, etc. I wrote hundreds of reports over the years that were priced generally in four figures. I still spend a lot of the time when I’m not writing novels looking at various technologies and evaluating them. It’s a habit that’s tough to drop.

In any case, I know there are lots of people who could use the type of information found in those expensive reports, yet they simply can’t afford the prices. My solution is to take advantage of modern publishing technology and publish my studies as electronic books for the Kindle via Amazon. Since my costs are very minimal, I can keep the list prices under $10.

The first book covers the very exciting topic of 3D printing and examines this new industry from the perspective of potential investors. It cuts through a lot of the industry hype and provides  a realistic forecast. I’ve even developed what’s known as a market model so I could forecast sales and various other key components of this market.

Even if you have no plans to invest in a 3D printer company, I hope you find this new book exciting  and useful since I discuss many of the really interesting applications soon to be released. I even compare and contrast some of the leading consumer 3D printers in case you’re considering being an early adopter.

I’ll showcase the cover as soon as it’s ready.