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3D Printing: The Future Is… Soonish?

08/19/2013 Leave a comment

Much has been said about the advent of 3D printing,  I even ruminated on developments a year and a half ago.  Since I wrote that article technology has developed at a bewildering pace, not too long ago, Maplin started to sell the UK’s first affordable home model.  Well, almost affordable anyway.

Are we now living in an age where we can download CAD files of minis and print them off to our IP-violating hearts content?

Erm, no.

Apparently this was supposed to be the Statue of Liberty

Apparently this was supposed to be the Statue of Liberty

Today I stumbled upon an article on the BBC’s website which highlighted just how far this science has to go.  You can also go straight to the Flickr feed here.

I still think that, eventually, this technology will provide many options for the hobbyist.  However, right now all it appears to be capable of is churning out low resolution versions of minis at an eye-watering cost, and that’s providing the damn thing completes the job without going mental.

Maybe in a few years.