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

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed Jun 13 23:30:02 PDT 2012

On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 04:40:00PM -0400, Damien Morton wrote:

> 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?

One layer at a time ;)

Don't forget that rapid prototyping today is only the camel's
nose first appearing in the tent. Eventually, the whole
molecular manufacturing animal is to follow.
> 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.

What the world needs is a good desktop manufacturing system which
can make about everything. Copies of itself included. Using
abundant and inexpensive raw materials.

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