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Postby Kay » Wed 11 Jan 2012 16:05 GMT

Here's an interesting article by the BBC about making all kinds of objects with a 3D printing machine.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16503443

It's not exactly a Star Trek-style replicator, but it looks like it's a step in the right direction.
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Postby Dave » Wed 11 Jan 2012 16:11 GMT

Interesting story, not just because of the technology involved but also because of the implications for the economics of manufacturing. It may not be the herald of a new economic order which does away with capitalism, but could it be a toe in the door?

(And if it's just a toe in the door, what's the chances of it getting squashed or broken as the big companies rush to slam the door on it?)
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Postby ruggie » Wed 11 Jan 2012 21:47 GMT

Isn't it comparable to the rise of the inkjet printer? Someone has decided that making a basic version of an existing tool and pricing it for a large market has a good business case.

It's unstoppable, but the current product and its producer will get trampled on in a couple of years if they don't continue to innovate and upgrade their product - based on feedback from leading-edge users.
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Postby JJ » Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:12 GMT

A friend has one and a mutual friend visiting for a play with it came out with the immortal line "It's like having China on your desk".
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Postby Kay » Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:34 GMT

Brilliant! :crackup:
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Postby ruggie » Thu 12 Jan 2012 15:01 GMT

Brilliant. And true. I was involved in a business quite a long time ago that considered buying an injection moulding machine but decided that it would be too hard to break into the market they were interested in. If you're doing it in moderate volumes, you have to learn to maintain quality and to market what you make.
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