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New ideas come with new processes
I believe that those who do not think 3-D Printing is a future changer, think that because they are thinking about it using conventional ideology. I do not think 3-D printing is met to meet the demands of mass production and is instead will be used to provide unigue individual products. My thought is that if you need a part for an item that is no longer on the market you would go to your local print shop and have the part printed out. I remember the story of a man who's shower curtain hook had broken. He really liked the design but the style was no longer being produced so he printed out a new one to match his set. The idea of 3-D printing moves away from mass production and the mass waste it creates. 3-D printing is less about global scale production and more about community level production. It's utilization will be a different way of perceiving the market. If you think about 2-D printing and that it was done on mass productions from larger warehouse print shops where thousands of copies of the same item were being produces and then came the small neighborhood shops where one person could come in and have one copy made, that was a marketing change. These small shops functioned to provide service on a small scale and the large mega printshops continued to produces printing on the global scale. One did not destroy the other because the services are for a different targeted market.
Posted by the5thline