posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 03:45 AM
reply to post by LordBaskettIV
I understand what your saying however anything that works has to be designed developed and tested first for it to be any good. Someone can draw
something in Cad or whatever and print it out however that does not mean it will work well or at all. Like the Rep Rap printer how reliable is it?
Who developed the design has it been tested etc etc.
I worked for HP for a number of years testing thier multifunction printers before they were released to the public. Do you have any idea how many
thousands of pages have to be printed before it can be released to the public as reliable? And how many revisions of parts, firmware, software, coding
etc it takes to get a functional printer that works hassle free and doesn't jam a reasonable amount of time that the public can rely on?
The more sophisticated the more testing and revisions that is what I am saying. Right now these printers are printing relatively simple things that
work and that is great. I am sure they can print something sophisticated too that has already gone through the R&D/testing phase and is reliable. But
that is the point if a company spends the money to design and develop a sophisticated product only to have it copied where is the incentive for them
to continue to do that?
I imagine it will be like the Linux community at some point where enough people pay for support that teams will continue to update the designs. I
have read of car manufacturing even being localized with this were local cities or communities have their own plant and you download the car you want
and have it printed out and assembled at the local plant. But still someone has to design good working models and test and revise them till they are
road worthy. Otherwise we will end up with a lot of crap people designed but does not work well to sift through to find something that works.
I guess it will be like Amazon with feedback ratings LOL. Anyway not being negative just trying to look at the realities of how this technology will
get implemented. I am actually excited this is moving forward.
edit on 28-1-2012 by hawkiye because: (no reason given)