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

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Wed Jun 13 14:42:54 PDT 2012


I think you've hit the nail on the head.  3d printing isn't really that 
interesting.  Decentralized, ad hoc, on demand, no transport 
manufacturing is.

Greg

On 6/13/2012 2:40 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote

> 3D printing alone is not enough.  In fact, looking at techshop
> facilities, I'm more drawn to laser etching / cutting, Mach 3 water
> cutting (plate glass/metal/wood), metal powder coat, CNC, and injection
> molding.  I already know how to do casting positives/negatives, even of
> body parts, and very lightweight carbon fiber / kevlar composites.  The
> latter only requires carbon fiber / kevlar / fiberglass cloth, epoxy,
> peel ply plastic sheeting, fiber batting, a vacuum pump, and a few small
> parts.  Plus a dremel with cutting disks post-hardening.
>
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