I talked with my mom about this months back, and the company she works for has one of these in another facility, mostly for making prototype parts and such. This is really damn neat.
The possibilites are still a bit limited — limited materials for use, slow process, the physical limitation of (yet) not being to able to create closed items with nothing inside them. Small things, but this is really pushing the envelope on what we can create, and how.
And yes, item piracy might be a new issue to deal with, but that's really a question of whether the companies want to embrace the new technology or not. If toy companies, e.g. made designs for sale for home printing, they could revolutionize their business.
[ed.] holy crap, they can work glass and metal now? I thought it was just custom polymer. If you can work in several metarials in one project, you could print electronics. This is HUGE.
edited 18th Jan '12 5:37:11 AM by JethroQWalrustitty
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