I have to admit that I struggle to see 3D printers as a ubiquitous part of our future - kind of like the Star Trek TNG replicator. I see it more like midi in the music world. When midi was new (going way back to the 80s) there were similar discussions how this would allow everyone to make incredible music in every home. It really hasn't been the case. It's just not a common enough interest. For years, all the inexpensive keyboards included midi connections, but have seen so little use they've just about disappeared on the cheaper keyboards. More likely, it will become more common in certain walks of life - more small businesses will become fabricators without having to go overseas - literally a fabricate on demand. Likely we'll see businesses that have model builder websites that allow people to put together components to build their custom objects.
- Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:38
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