3D printing WILL change the world
I admit – I am sometimes a bit slow, but I think I finally figured out a) why 3D printing will change the world, and b) it happens sooner than you think.
I have been following Risto Linturi’s posts about 3D printing in Google+ for a while now (Risto is “the” Finnish 3D printing Evangelist). He has been steadily posting news about new consumer priced printers (costing about 500 EUR), general info about the subject, images of his own printings etc.
So far most of the actual items printed (plastic fork, iPhone cover, nuts and bolts, etc.) have looked more or less like plastic garbage. You know – the kind of stuff you’d expect from Kinder surprise eggs – ugly, useless, and totally lacking finish and style.
So why I am arguing that this is going to change the world? Simple.
Question: What is entirely plastic, but costs it’s weight in gold?
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Audi A4 Tail Light
Spare part: ~170 EUR
Official Audi part: ~350 EUR
3D printing cost: ~ 5 EUR
OMG – this WILL change the world.
My crystal ball also suggests, that soon a new business emerges around selling the models you can print at home (like the one in the picture below). Let it be tail lights, Barbie®, or whatever. Buy the tail light model from the web for 2 EUR, and just print it! Please take my money.
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