3D Printing seems to have crossed a major mile stone in that a start-up, called Defense Distributed, has used a 3D printer to create a working gun. It’s still mostly a curiosity since the cost to make such a gun and that it isn’t yet very robust still keeps it firmly in the early adopter era.
So here’s what I’ve found out so far :
No matter which printer you get, the materials for it are currently over $100 a pound. To me, that makes it fairly impractical for most uses. I could imagine taking a Galactic Civilizations ship design and letting it be printable, that might be interesting (and enough to…you know, justify buying one).
The cost of printers is coming down rapidly. The Makerbot Replicator goes for about $1800. The going rate for the higher end but still consumer models is around $2200.
So what do you think? Do you see 3D printing in your future?