[FoRK] short-term predictions: 2014, 2017, 2022

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Wed Jun 13 13:40:00 PDT 2012

> ----- Forwarded message from Kragen Javier Sitaker <kragen at canonical.org>
> -----
> From: Kragen Javier Sitaker <kragen at canonical.org>
> When automated fabrication—the scenario where you get your next bicycle by
> downloading bicycle blueprints over the network and sending them to a
> machine
> that then produces a bicycle for you without human intervention—happens, it
> will not be by means of 3-D printers, which work by depositing layers of a
> small number of materials. Instead, it will take the form of automated
> assembly
> by robots of parts mostly made by other means, such as laser cutting, torch
> cutting, CNC machining, and planar printing processes.
I agree, the promise of 3d printing is, umm, overpromised.

How do you 3d print a microwave oven? How do you 3d print an electric
motor? How do you 3d print a bearing assembly?

I see 3d printing as a great counterpart to the incredible custom
manufacturing facilities of misumi.com , which has those robots Kragen
speaks about, and will deliver specialised materials and assemblies.

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