Keep Your Fingers Crossed

My wonderful wife’s surgery went well yesterday. Preliminary results were encouraging. The rest of the picture will, hopefully, be just as good when we receive those results in a few days. She should be discharged today.

From both of us, thanks to everyone who offered good wishes and encouragement. Special thanks to David Banner (not his real name) for sharing his time and expertise with me as well as sending good thoughts.


Stories like this one from Hemmings will become more commonplace. The piece is about the only Jaguar XK-120 with a body by Pininfarina that was restored with the help of 3D printing and will now be offered for sale at the Bonhams auction at Amelia Island in March. From the piece a picture of the car:



I have written about the use of 3D printing in the restoration of older cars where parts are simply not available. I do not, and cannot, understand the objection to using this technology, but some “purists” think that’s “cheating.” If parts for a 1930 Duesenberg Model J are simply unavailable I don’t see how using 3D printing to create parts is wrong. Do the “purists” think the car should be forever left unrestored?

Breaking my arm patting myself on the back on a tangent…investments in 3D printing companies have been successful for our family portfolio although we have been completely out of the space for years. One investment more than tripled in value in the 17 months we owned the stock. I am a big believer in the axiom that bulls make money, bears make money, but hogs get slaughtered.

When 3D printing becomes faster in execution I think a real revolution in production will occur. I also think that 3D hardware and software will continue to become less expensive, perhaps to the chagrin of companies that provide them, but to the good for people who may want to use the technology.

I would like to read your thoughts on this topic.






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