Anticipating 3D

By on August 21st, 2009 in blog


Interesting post on JIN SAOTOME’S DANGEROUS BLOG! where John Mallamas describes his state of anticipation of the arrival of practical 3D printers. He’s a “self taught action figure/toy customizer” who saw a sample printed object and realized the potential for his efforts.

Interestingly, he predicts a scenario similar to one we’ve espoused:

What does this mean for us in the near future? If you can scan it, get the data for it, you can make the part(s) with a 3D printer. Imagine wanting some GI Joe weapon. You’ll pay $3 or something for the data file and hit ‘print’. A few minutes later the plastic weapon pops out of the hopper. Scan your face, select 1:6th scale, hit print. You now have a head for your Hot Toys True Type body. The possibilities will be endless.

One thing we disagree with:

Gone will be the days of sculptors, it will be programmers.

Nope, the sculptors will be the programmers!


By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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