[LINK] Your next house may come from a printer
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Mon Dec 4 20:33:22 AEDT 2006
That'll be some printer. Takes product piracy to new heights, while
presenting fascinating opportunities.
"The era of desktop manufacturing is upon us, thanks to advances in 3-D
printing technology. Just as laser printers in the 1980s moved from
service bureaus into homes, sparking the desktop publishing revolution,
3-D printers — which render computer files in three-dimensional plaster
— are poised to reshape how many products are designed and made."
"While 3-D printing has been used for prototyping products, it is
increasingly being used for finished products, says Roger Kelesoglu,
director of customer development for Z Corp., who points to architecture
and medicine as two fields where this is common."
"Tomorrow's businesses may find that 3-D printing has compounded their
problems. As the digital and physical worlds converge, online copying
will become indistinguishable from many kinds of offline manufacturing."
David Boxall | When a distinguished but elderly
| scientist states that something is
| possible, he is almost certainly
| right. When he states that
| something is impossible, he is
| very probably wrong.
--Arthur C. Clarke
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