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Originally posted by makeitso
It takes a plastic material, and builds the material up slowly. Like a hot glue gun, only on a much more precise and smaller scale. It can take 14 hours to build some parts. The printer can "build/print" very intricate 3D models.
The plastic material is relatively inexpensive compared to building mock ups from clay, wood, etc.
This doesn't sound like a really big breakthrough to me.
Originally posted by sardion2000
magine in the future if these things become even more mega complexed and able to produce more complexed things people could save thousands.
Not only that but our current economic models will have to be totally revised. Who knows maybe we will go back into an Artisan type of economy ruled by small businesses rather then mega-conglomerates. That is where I see this technology being the most usefull.
...BUT - Could someone come along, take the technology and patent key applications? (Have seen that happen in biotech.)