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A new technology is emerging that could change the world. 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a revolutionary technology that could profoundly alter the geopolitical, economic, social, demographic, environmental, and security landscape of the international system. AM builds products layer-by-layer—additively—rather than subtracting material from a larger piece of material—that is, “subtractive” manufacturing. This seemingly small distinction—adding rather than subtracting—means everything. This potential revolution in manufacturing may take a decade or more to mature and become ubiquitous, but it could profoundly change our world in the next ten to twenty years.

http://www.acus.org/publication/could-3d-printing-change-world

An in depth publication about what 3D printing is, how it works, what it does, where it applies, and its possible future.

At the link you can download the full pdf version.
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Change the world indeed, and cost thousands their jobs in the process. I think id rather accept a large carbon foot print and keep what little jobs we still have in the US.
    
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You wouldn't print a downloaded car.
    
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yeah all it can do now is print molds and models and plastic parts that's it. sounds like sensationalism to me.
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Originally Posted by The Mad Mule;15343656 
You wouldn't print a downloaded car.

i'd print a downloaded CD, and send it to the movie corporations, and just be like.. lol. I'd also print an action figure of obama and sell it.
    
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I keep thinking of making homemade action figures, lol!
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3D printing has been around since the 2006/2007 time frame. Still interesting though. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Twist86;15343604 
Change the world indeed, and cost thousands their jobs in the process. I think id rather accept a large carbon foot print and keep what little jobs we still have in the US.

There is still going to be a lot of stuff that either can't be fabricated on a 3d printer or is more expensive to fabricate than to buy at the store due to economies of scale.

Manufacturing has been on the decline in the US for decades, the 1980' really marked the begining of the end for US manufacturing. Since the 80's we've seen massive deregulation in many industries, free trade agreements, etc, and they have all chipped away at American's median wage, standard of living and job availability. This is why Occupy Wall Street has been so much bigger than anyone thought it would get, people know why things are bad for most Americans yet better than ever for another group of Americans. But if I go any further I'll get off topic so I'll stop now.
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Originally Posted by Twist86;15343604 
Change the world indeed, and cost thousands their jobs in the process. I think id rather accept a large carbon foot print and keep what little jobs we still have in the US.

What? Sure some jobs will go, but did you think about the enormus amount of parts, products, that are imported from cheaper countries such as china and korea?
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj;15343714 
yeah all it can do now is print molds and models and plastic parts that's it. sounds like sensationalism to me.

Um, virtually everything is made of plastic these days? I would wager that there are 200+ plastic components within a few feet of where you sit. (Slightly more if you're sitting inside a fifth gen Ford Mustang)

I still don't necessarily see a time in which printing plastic parts on a generalized machine will be more efficient than injection molding, or similar technologies.
Edited by RonindeBeatrice - 10/17/11 at 12:16pm
    
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