posted on Nov, 12 2010 @ 08:40 AM
Well, this happens to be a topic I consider myself "near expert" in, due to the fact that I routinely operate a 3DS Sinterstation as part of my job as
a mechanical designer.
Making mechanical parts in a 3d printer is one thing, and a real cool thing too. My machine can make parts out of nylon, glass reinforced nylon, an
elastomer-like material (some proprietary material, not sure exactly what), and even certain metals. But any gadget, or other "product" one would wish
to pirate and "print" themselves probably requires more than simply a pile of mechanical parts. PCB, for instance...software...firmware...,
electro-mechanical components such as solenoids and motors, too. Many parts require additional processes before they're ready for use, such as
plating, polishing, machining, honing, etc.....again, not anything a 3d printer can do at this time.
It's an intriguing idea to consider the possibility of being able to print, or replicate a complex electro-mechanical machine, but even the latest 3D
printing technology is nowhere near that level of capability, and I'm doubtful it can ever truly be what the OP and others are envisioning.
edit on 12-11-2010 by tjack because: (no reason given)