Comments: We Are Now in "The Diamond Age"

"Computer: print - tea, Earl Grey, hot."

Kidding aside, there's one flaw here: according to the fine details, he fabricated a plastic lower receiver for an AR-15. That's not the whole weapon, not by a long shot, and includes no metal parts. He gets points for making a working part to excellent tolerances, but - NOT a complete worknig firearm.

That doesn't mean I'm averse to the technology; it may be the only way I'll ever have a Shelby Cobra or a midbulk transport. We're not there yet, but to quote someone greater than myself: faster, please.

Posted by Keith Arnold at August 7, 2012 7:42 PM

On the other hand, when it can be used to manufacture me a Mark VII Iron Man suit, call me.

Posted by Keith Arnold at August 7, 2012 7:49 PM

Behold: Metal!

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at August 7, 2012 8:09 PM

My inner software guy wants to print money.

Not currency, but this technology will free a lot of smart people to make money selling designs without a lot of infrastructure. iPhone App guys of today will be selling guitar designs tomorrow.

And that gun is the calendar out of the dot matrix printer. Materials and resolution will explode.

But, yeah, I'm with Brother Keith. Print me a Breve Cappuccino, super dry -- and I will stock up on cartridges.

Posted by jk at August 7, 2012 8:16 PM
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