The Pirate Bay Rolls Out "Physible" Torrents For 3D Printers

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Philippe Lemay

I suspect it's going to be a lot like virtual reality: really cool, big game-changer, full of potential, but it will just take forever to get off the ground.

We'll eventually reach a point where a 3D printer could be a ubiquitous household appliance, but it will take a lot of time and patience.

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someuid

We all know what the big heavy manufacturing industry types are going to do.

Copyright the designs, charge you a per-item production fee, require you to share profits with them, no modifications or improvements, etc.

Getting these designs into the public domain today, before the thieving MBAs suck them all up, is going to be paramount.

Just look at patents and you'll see what I'm talking about.

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Brad Chacos

Check this out, along the same lines:

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/24/still-alive-record-3d-printer/

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Erris

Unless somebody comes up with a magic material that can be turned into anything by the printer, then no, this won't happen.

Well, unless you want your auto parts and shoes to be made of resin or plaster.

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brettofamerica

and we thought printer cartridges were expensive now!

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Biceps

I agree that 3D printing is going to change the face of manufacturing completely, and sooner rather than later. In a few years, we will be able to print not just daily objects, but buildings, body parts, and even food (probably from that nasty fish paste everyone was eating when I lived in Japan).

In the shorter term, 3D printing has the potential to end world hunger for small shiny objects and plastic replacement parts for our machines. It is going to be a very long time before you can print yourself anything not made of extruded plastic at your home.

3D printing will not end child labor or world hunger or war. All of those were around before modern manufacturing, and they will be here after it as well.

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Trooper_One

Don't worry, I don't think the technology is even close to being there yet. The most capable object printer can only do small object from concept. We're quite a few hundreds of year from a replicator in terms of technology.

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compro01

Depends on what you mean by "small". Rapid prototyping machines can do some real neat stuff, such as SLS units, which can do most metals.

Though said machines cost as much as a few houses.

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chronium

It's not going to end world hunger its going to make it worse. It's going to take over the manufacturing market which in turn is going to make less jobs for 3rd world countries, which in turn means they make no money instead of the very little they do make.

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Biceps

Not sure if you misread what I wrote and are therefore disagreeing with me, or if you are just agreeing with me.

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