posted on Jul, 10 2011 @ 09:27 PM
reply to post by shauny
I was working on a consumer 3D Stereolithographical printer at least 10 years ago. It was just that, back then, the technology was in its infancy and
was rather crude.
But think of the impact of everyone having a low cost "3D printer" upon society and upon commerce!
When ownership implies purely intellectual property.
Imagine something like the GPL (Linux is usually available under this license scheme) extended to the physical world.
Free to modify/customise.
The best of design available for free.
It could change the world.
Also, don't limit your mind to plastics. Metals extruded can be extruded & sintered. Also liquids like concrete.
The "printer" that I was working on used rice powder & water.
You could literally print & eat the dishes with the food on them, or compost the remains responsibly!
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