3D Printing could mean you no longer have to buy products.

on Apr 21, 2011 @ 03:47 pm

Let me start by saying I'm not I believe this yet but...

A post on Anthony Robbins blog went up this week about 3d Printing "an emerging technology that allows you to “print” 3d objects out of any material – at home. Soon if you need a car part, a gadget, even a sculpture or appliance all you’ll need to buy are the design files and your home printer will make you one in minutes"

Peter Diamandis (the man in the video) explains that the printer would work by creating the product layer by layer, kind of like it does right now when it prints an image. The technology is supposed to resemble something like the "Replicator" in Star Trek.

Check out the full video (it's only 2 minutes long).

Do you guys think this is possible? I'm almost speechless, I'm not sure what to think.


9 Replies

weird.... on Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:06 pm

This is an interesting concept but too weird for me-I can't wrap my head around it entirely.

Does this mean shopping will be obsolete? I don't know if I can handle that....

Right?! on Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:14 pm

I could definitely not handle it. But then again, that's assuming that we shop only for the purpose of buying and using something. I can't speak for everyone, but I shop for the experience of being the mall and being with friends. It's one of the reasons I don't do a lot of online shopping. I can't really wrap my head around the whole thing either so I guess we'll just have to wait and see where technology goes...

Hmmm on Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:24 pm

I don't know what to think. Maybe one day but I honestly don't see this happening in my lifetime.

*crickets chirping* on Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:29 pm

@Lauren- totally agree with you. I shop for the experience probably the same way men obsess over cars. It's just what they do and shopping is what we do!

This idea is a little too sci-fi for me. How can you "print" a car part? It seems like it'd be teleporting little pieces of the object through your printer! Sorry no, too weird.

Too Bizarre. on Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:40 pm

I don't know if I like it or not. Kind of feeding the idea of a shut in life. Soon you won't have to leave the house for anything :S

3D camera on Apr 29, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

Fuji has a 3D camera, you take 3D photos and can watch them on your 3D TV. To get prints made you have to send them to a Fuji lab, but they're really cool!

I wannit! on May 03, 2011 @ 03:49 pm

Wow can you imagine having a 3D camera? I think that's a fab thing to have... I'm going to put it on my wish list and drop casual hints ... see if it gets me anywhere lol

haha Becky! on May 03, 2011 @ 04:11 pm

Sounds pretty cool! I believe they've had the 3D cameras out for a little while now. They even have 3D video cameras. It's cool but I'm really not enough of a technology-junkie to want it! My main camera requirements are that they do everything automatically (because I don't want to read the manual to figure out how to do things manually) and are small so they don't weigh down my bag.

About the 3D camera... on Jun 10, 2011 @ 02:39 pm

Do you need to have 3D glasses in order to see the 3D-ness in the pictures?

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