Originally posted by Triesta
I just watched a video on how these items are made with the 3D printer. You need material to print out your object layer by layer. So I'm assuming
the bigger printers that print out more than neti pots or bunny rabbits will cost you over 10K to begin with. Just imagine trying to print out motor
vehicle parts such as tires or combustion engines. It would take mounds of material, energy and you'd still have to have the technical-know-how in
order to assemble these products. This will not destroy manufacturing at the level that it's at currently, but perhaps in the future this technology
will be upgraded somehow.
There was a time, only about 30+ years ago, when a 10 megabyte hard drive was the size of a dish washer and cost about $10k, and that was in 1980's
The price of these things will come down until they cost about as much as a dish washer. The only thing that will really stay costly is the materials
used to build the stuff, probably, unless it's just made of basic materials. Printer toners are were they make their money for paper printing, not
on the printers themselves.
Another thing, I saw a couple of years ago some doctors modified a standard ink-jet printer to print out human muscle organs, such as bladders and in
theory new hearts and such could be made too. It literally sprayed the cells into place, layer by layer, until the new organ was built. Do that with
cloned cells and you could start making replacement body parts for people...with an ink-jet printer. Tell me that's not weird.