- iRobot and Raytheon are likely targeting the industrial market, not the consumer market. However, their move may lead to improvements in future consumer offerings.
- The patented system should be highly capable. It will also be expensive.
- Combining additive and subtractive manufacturing in a single unit seems to be unique – and probably will require some hefty software to drive it.
- 3D printing continues its advance as more companies get involved.