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

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Jun 17 00:39:28 PDT 2012

Objet seems to be one of the furthest out on the printing technology:

Currently, everyone is working on an "insert the circuit" mode, which is reasonable for now.

It shouldn't be long before standard components will exist that pack a lot of flexible processing power into a tiny modular 
package.  The essence of a smartphone, sans screen, battery, etc., might become very small and cheap soon.  You don't really 
need any other computing component for a very wide range of projects.  The rest is peripherals.  There, a standard set of touch 
screens, Bluetooth et al, etc. also covers just about every possible circumstance.  The only real variability will be in 
actuators, headers (magnetron module?), etc.  It's not out of the question to just have hoppers full of each of those, waiting 
to be inserted into a designed and have software downloaded.


On 6/14/12 6:17 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> You're probably right.  The "printing" part to me just seems a little narrow. I guess it covers laying down and intermixing 
> plastic with printed electronics.
> Greg
> On 6/13/2012 11:47 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> It seems to be largely a semantics issue. 3d printing in the
>> general case means additive manufacturing, and can in principle
>> produce any structure.

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