edited 6th Mar '14 1:06:14 PM by BonsaiForest
edited 8th Mar '14 3:20:56 AM by IraTheSquire
edited 13th Mar '14 4:12:06 PM by TuefelHundenIV
The invest link is a very thinly veiled sales pitch. Oh look more exaggeration with "disrupting". They undermine it with their Nike example. The second the competition adopts the tech it is no longer disruptive. Nike wasn't disrupted by the tech they have a temporary leg up. The second the competition adopts and adapts it isn't disruptive to the competition. A single company having the only access to such a device, method, or technology for a few years is disruptive. Nikes competitors may already have such devices and are rapidly catching up. Small scale business will not be able to compete with the big companies so no disruption there. Same for home businesses. They are not really going to disrupt the big companies. I can see 3d printing tech being a boon to assorted small businesses making them possibly more viable in some areas but they are unlikely to unseat big companies using the same tech. The Space Ship 3d printers is over hyped and sounds like more sales pitch spin divorced from reality. Ready made food in assorted packaging would not only be less space but it is one less thing to break, less mass, doesn't need ships power to run, and more room for other things. Any sort of carefully balanced meal packs are hands down more efficient. Same for carrying the majority of spares you need often that are ready made. Especially spares you need the quickest. Now it can be handy for printing uncommon or rarely carried parts but for things you use a lot or need in an emergency hands down ready made beats 3d printed. You are not saving any mass or improving efficiency by carrying both the machine and the materials to make the spare parts. You could replace the needs time to be made materials in a ship with ready to use assorted parts and tools. Again one less thing to break use power, and less extra crap to have to carry around.
edited 27th Mar '14 5:42:28 PM by TuefelHundenIV