There's been a lot of talk and speculation in this thread about desktop 3-D printing.
While it's true that the costs are coming down and more than likely will continue to do so.....there's one very important thing to keep in mind, the equipment and the material is only one side of the coin. On the other side....(in layman's terms) it's just a tool.
If you use a pair of vice grips to change your spark plugs the end result will be obvious. In other words......the machines regardless of cost will only do what you tell them to.
If you put in poor info you will have a nicely printed poor part.
Get my drift?
I read somewhere that they were going to or have already sent a printing machine into space.........think about it, instead of having to send a shuttle with a plastic part into space (how's that for costly) they just send the info to the machine and it prints out a ready to use plastic air valve or whatever to replace the broken one.
So for you guys think think 3-D printing is going to fade away anytime soon...think again....it's just going to get better and more affordable.
Edited by GrandpaMcGurk, 16 March 2013 - 06:23 AM.