So let's say magically these 3D Printers become available tomorrow morning for $100 that "will" print out acceptable , albeit in sections, bodies.
And let's say this can all be done with the press of one single button. Since it is apparent that any degree of difficulty will dramatically affect acceptability, purchase and use.
Then you still have to send out to someone for Decals and someone else for Chrome plate.
So how is this going to superimpose itself over the world of Model Kits and make their 75 years of manufacturing disappear?
Like the Jetsons it is nice to dream about, but look around, there are still not any of the flying cars they promised we would all have parked in our driveway.
Even with all the spoken magic shazzam Star Trek potential, maybe one tenth of 1% of Modelers out there will attempt this.
I teach people how to design, create, print and apply their own Custom Decals but only a fraction take the initiative to attempt it and only a fraction of those correctly can and do follow directions to do it successfully.
Some may try this promised futuristic technique,, again on this proposed availability of a working machine, but 99.99% will look around and see the millions of Model Kits easily available for their enjoyment.
We are talking about 2 kinds of Artist or Modeler here.
Those who just want to enjoy a Build, and someone who is more interested in creating many many pieces from powdered plastic.
There is a high degree of personal satisfaction from being a "one man show" in any artistic endeavor, but it takes lots of effort and know how.
It is a totally different aspect of any Hobby undertaken by one tenth of one percent, at best.
I myself prefer hands on in all aspects of DieCast Customizing and would rather do it all because I don't know anyone who would go to the lengths that I do, except for one well know ScaleMaster, but in this case injection molding is dependable, accurate, and easily available.
Take it home, open the box and have a good time.
Edited by CadillacPat, 16 January 2013 - 04:04 PM.