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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    @Lateralus fair enough. what about the point about the impact on retailers and manufacturers of non-complex goods. Here is another big one the impact on the fashion industry!
    @ptgatsby I think you're underestimating how much turbulence periods of extreme technological advancement tend to bring. The closest in time we can examine is the industrial revolution which you have to think about the geopolitical and military impact of it as well as the economic impact. You can even see it with agriculture, the wheel, crop rotation, gunpowder, bronze, iron, roads, the arch, etc etc
    Yes. I'm reminded of the quern - a hand turned grain mill.

    In old Scotland, querns were illegal after the mill house was invented. The miller had his giant millstone turned by a machine, windmill, water wheel, people, or whatever, and he expected people to bring their wheat to the mill to grind for a fee (usually a ration of the wheat they brought with them) but this could not work if people didn't bring their wheat.

    The quern presented a problem for the miller because people could grind their wheat at home as they needed it, so the miller would send enforcers out to break people's querns to force them to depend on the mill.

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    On a personal level I could easily see this being the death of such IP's as Warhammer. But it then opens up a brand new market of players creating their own systems with ease, or...continuing old ones that are no longer in production. The technology is certainly already advanced enough to make little plastic soldiers of all things.

    I'm visualising something that will probably be 10-15 years from now, maybe much earlier, but I could easily see that as becoming the standard and it is exciting.
    People have started to do this already and it will be interesting to see how long it takes for people to pick it up.
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    Yes, but not in a while. I mean when they print food, drugs and pretty much anything you can ask for and makes all of these from coal and few extra ingredients, and everyone has one at home..

    But the material it uses to build those things will cost and most likely so will the blueprints for printing what you want.
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    3D printing won't destroy the economy, it will be a new door to much greater economic production than ever before. People will do other things, as they already are. Relatively few people even work in factories as it is, except maybe in the less developed areas of China. This is another great new economic leveler. No longer will huge budgets be needed to produce things. How is that bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeeekyyy View Post
    3D printing won't destroy the economy, it will be a new door to much greater economic production than ever before. People will do other things, as they already are. Relatively few people even work in factories as it is, except maybe in the less developed areas of China. This is another great new economic leveler. No longer will huge budgets be needed to produce things. How is that bad?
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    Even still, it will take time. 3D printing can't produce high quality metal parts, for example. That may change soon, but it isn't there yet. Even as it becomes possible to do certain things with 3d printing, it still may not be as effective as manufacturing those products using traditional means. 3D printing may be inevitable, but it will take time.
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