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Do you think 3d printers will be a norm in many households soon?

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    Based from what I see from this video, Soon parents wont be buying toys from the store, they will be printing it. Soon we may never need to buy a new pair of shoes, we will just download patterns that we can 3d print. There are 3d printers for plastic, metal and there are even 3d printers of food. Do you think 3d printers will be attached to many home computers one day? what do you think of this technology?
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    It depends on the price. If it's cheap then yes, children will be very happy to get custom toys that they can choose from a video. As for shoes and even food, it's a bit harder to believe, but that would be perfect. I don't think I would eat that food, until maybe millions of people have tested it freely and didn't die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimayaram View Post
    It depends on the price. If it's cheap then yes, children will be very happy to get custom toys that they can choose from a video. As for shoes and even food, it's a bit harder to believe, but that would be perfect. I don't think I would eat that food, until maybe millions of people have tested it freely and didn't die.
    It is true, there is 3D printers for cooking too. You just have to load the ingredients and choose the dish you want to make. I have seen a video on preparing a cake using 3D printer and that was awesome.

    Can you believe even houses can be built with 3D printer! Recently a scientist has developed a printer which could build a house in less than 24 hours and that is a two story building! If you can search on net, you will find it for sure. There is a huge robot attached to the system which builds the perfect house as shown in the plan. The bricks being used are of huge size and strength. Those houses are more durable than normal houses.

    I wonder what will happen to those workers in building field?
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    I believe so, but it all depends on price. Currently a 3D printer is too expensive, but a decade after its price will fall sharply. 3D printer has proved very useful. However, there are people who make bad use of it, I've seen videos in weapons manufacturing for internet 3D printers. Let's see what will happen over time.

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    Another potential of 3d printer, lets say a certain part of your car got broken. Instead of buying a new one, a 3d printer will just make you a new one. Also instead of buying tools like a wrench or a hammer, you will just 3d print them.
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    Before viewing the video that you attached to this post, I thought that 3D printers won't be a norm for households, mainly because I believed that all úd printers are expensive, clunky, and require special training to use. However, the video showed many cool, small, cheap and easy to use 3D printers, such as the first one; called the "Tiko" which only costs $179, which is super cheap in my opinion, as normal printers cost more in many cases. After watching this video, my whole concept of 3D printers has changed, and I would actually buy the "Tiko" when it becomes available.

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    3d printing fascinated me more because it could also be the key for a longer lifespan:

    Not only 3d printing is for home use, it is also now a potential medical breakthrough.

    Also we may not need to buy clothes on the store because there also now 3d printers that can create clothes. We will just download the design and we can have a polyester outfit out of it.

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    That is really unbelievable, a printer that can produce human organs. May be in future it can create a full human body without life. Even sky is not the limit I think.

    I am not a pessimist, but rather pragmatic. Have you ever thought of giving this technology to wrong hands, I mean anti-socials like terrorists? They will take advantage of this for sure. They can manufacture bombs, guns, bullets and such dangerous weapons within no time and in high quantities. Well, it is the two sides of a coin. A lot of companies also could run out of business because of 3D printers.

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    There are already dangerous 3d printers out there. There are people who already made functional working guns with 3d printers and one of them uses a 100 percent plastic as material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    That is really unbelievable, a printer that can produce human organs. May be in future it can create a full human body without life. Even sky is not the limit I think.

    I am not a pessimist, but rather pragmatic. Have you ever thought of giving this technology to wrong hands, I mean anti-socials like terrorists? They will take advantage of this for sure. They can manufacture bombs, guns, bullets and such dangerous weapons within no time and in high quantities. Well, it is the two sides of a coin. A lot of companies also could run out of business because of 3D printers.
    Yeah, I agree with your last point. In America, people have already successfully designed, and manufactured working weapons using 3D printers. However, whilst it is illegal to print firearms, it doesn't mean that people won''t do it, and it would be very hard to monitor who prints what, and also to regulate what is allowed to be printed, and what isn't.

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    I think there is already a crime involving a 3d printed gun made of plastic!! yes it is made of plastic but it is working just like a gun made of metal. It is really controversial for sure. 3d printers may also put the tools industry out of business! they can also print tools:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think there is already a crime involving a 3d printed gun made of plastic!! yes it is made of plastic but it is working just like a gun made of metal. It is really controversial for sure. 3d printers may also put the tools industry out of business! they can also print tools:
    This is certainly a very big issue of 3D printers, and there's not a clear solution to this. 3D printing could put many manufacturers out of business. I guess they could introduce regulations on what you are allowed to print, or making "stores" for designs which you are legally allowed to purchase and make yourself, this would let the manufacturers sell their designs, so that they still make some money. However, this sort of defeats the purpose of 3D printing, are you are practically printing off a design which you bought from a company that would originally sell the product.

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    You can also use 3d printer to copy things. If you check on the video, he scanned the wrench and cloned it with a 3d printer. 3d printers may get used for counterfeiting objects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    You can also use 3d printer to copy things. If you check on the video, he scanned the wrench and cloned it with a 3d printer. 3d printers may get used for counterfeiting objects.
    This may lead to many counts of copyright infringement. I would like to see how companies will go about this issue, as it will certainly put many manufacturers out of business, as people could get all their home tools using a cheap $200 3D printer.

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    I think someday, designers will be able to earn by making their designs available to download because of 3d printer. Internet killed a lot of industries and I think with 3d printers around, more industries will get killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    This may lead to many counts of copyright infringement. I would like to see how companies will go about this issue, as it will certainly put many manufacturers out of business, as people could get all their home tools using a cheap $200 3D printer.
    I agree that it would be very convenient to have things produced at your disposal as and when you want. But I don't think that will be a cheaper option. Even though the printer could be cheap, the ingredients that are required to produce a particular type of material could be costly.

    But it would be profitable if we use it on a large scale which could bring down the price to a great extent. The value of commodities will go down and our purchasing power will go up.

    There is also a grey side to this. As the employment opportunities become limited due to this new technology, the purchasing power may actually decrease which in turn result in a low production as supply exceeds demand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think someday, designers will be able to earn by making their designs available to download because of 3d printer. Internet killed a lot of industries and I think with 3d printers around, more industries will get killed.
    True, however it would be very hard to enforce people having to pay for certain designs of tools etc. And many people would simply create their own versions of the tool or whatever they're trying to print, and do it for free. Effectively ruining the companies business.

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    I think with 3d printers, More companies will try to take down piratebay, I can see it, in the future, the designs that are for sale will be pirated online. That includes 3d printed guns.

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    I don't think Government authorities will allow it to become public or only restricted use will be allowed. Otherwise it may lead to high economic instability within the world. And as already discussed, this technology in wrong hands could have unimaginable results over time. It could be more deadly than an atom bomb as you are like a creator of anything you like.

    On the positive side it could be very useful in designing houses and any other structures. You can virtually experience the house you are going to make.

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    Many people already owns a 3d printer now because many of them can now be purchased online. I think for now Manufacturers are more interested with 3d printers over regular people. I don't know though if governments in the US were able to do something about the regulation of 3d printed guns. I have already heard incidents of people using these plastic weapons.

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