What is Ryan’s Law?

To know where you’re going you need to know where you’ve been…

Moores Law

Dr. Johnny Ryan is trying to apply the thinking of Moore’s Law to developments in 3D Print technology. Moore’s Law was described circa 1970 by Gordon Moore (co-founder of Intel Corporation) after observing that every 12 months the number of transistors (components on microchips) would double and thus increasing the available computing capacity. He stresses the importance of understanding how rapidly this technology is advancing. “3D printing will create massive opportunities. But it will also disrupt many businesses. To get the best out of this transition we need to be able to plan for it properly.”

Due to the diversity of print processes SLS, FDM, etc. Dr. Ryan admits it may be challenging to express a simple equation that describes the trend/s in 3D print development. Dr. Ryan is asking for help in sourcing data to create a graph on 3D printing progress including:

  • • Micron resolution (e.g. 0.0001mm)
  • • Print Speed (mm per second)
  • • Cost of materials (per gram)
  • • Materials

Ryans Law

If you are able to help – Dr. Ryan has set up a public Google doc spreadsheet for anyone to contribute data and specifications.


David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes a weekly 3D print or CNC article for Ponoko. You can follow him on Twitter @dizymac

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