3D PRINTERS IN EVERY HOME?
There has been much interest in the media of late about 3D printing. The advent of ‘budget’ 3D printers being sold by the likes of Maplin has allowed some journalists imaginations to run away with them.
The idea is that every home could have a 3D printer to produce items from designs that could be downloaded from the internet. As with any new technology that has its origins in industrial applications, the majority of 3D printing projects are slightly gimmicky. For more practical applications, such as printing replacement parts or complete products, it doesn’t take much thought to realise it is not simply a case of downloading a file and pressing a button.