A vision for the future
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Name: Stuart D
Bio: Student-Internet user
Area of Expertise: Advocate/Voice of the People
Headline: Online Shopping: Plan to Printing at Home
Nutshell: 3D printing of objects off the internet into the home using specialized printers
From eBay to Amazon, almost anything can be bought via the internet, but we still depend on shipping companies to deliver the products. It is possible we could have the item created in our homes. The technology is already there to print objects three dimensionally - prototyping labs can scan a 3D model, and then use a specialized printer to make an object. This is done by systematically applying layer upon layer of plastics or other material. Eventually the technology could arise that will be able to “print” objects in ANY material, for instance, shoes, printed with layers of whatever modern fabric.
Date Submitted: 9/29/2008