I am not a technophobe by any means, but I can't help thinking that 3D printing will be the go to way of ''making things'' in the future, I am quite sure we will one day have a 3D printer in every home like you would have a microwave, then we can go online order something (like regular shopping) and your printer will print it out (printers and materials will only get better) I love this idea its great.
But on the flip side, say I want to make a replica blaster or something, I would then draw up plans, get it to scale spend days and days pouring over it all gathering parts, building the thing painting it etc etc and so on and I love all that its fun, creative, and good to show off talent something made totaly from scratch.
With a 3D printiner you can simply download a CAD and print it and its done and you have an object ???
I think the world of making things in the future will consist mainly of CAD programers who draw it in a computer and print out what ever you want, and that will take over the world of problem solvers and people who make parts using tools and machines,
I know of school children now that learn these basic principles of drawing in CAD and using 3D printers and I have personaly never used one?, it is kind of already making me feel obsolete, I mean think about all the people whole make casts and the process involved in that! I can't find a single application that 3D printing will one day take over in this sort of industry..
I wont slam 3D printing I want one for my self but I can see a point in time when all these other skills will be lost to a computer drawing and a printer
I was watching a thing on YouTube and they had a 3D printed gun on show from Bladrunner, and I could not help think, well you didnt do anything, you drew it and the printer made it? but the conversation they were having was like it was all skill and personal intervention.
Thoughts?? but lets keep it like more of a philosophical debate