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And the award for "does not understand 3D printing" goes to this guy... good luck with your piece of wood and a knife.

_"Let's say I am an average person. Okay. 
It is assumed that I have hundreds of computer models laying around of things I want to make. Things like statues of Mario that I know my friends will just be gawking over for WEEKS. Or possibly my newest take on the pencil holder. Really cool stuff.
Now. I have decided that instead of picking up a piece of wood and a knife, which seems like it would produce very similar quality do-dads from the look of the models above (knife is $10 let's say, wood let's assume is free), I have decided to blow $2K on a printer and god knows how much more for the plastic. To make pencil holders and figurines that look like they haven't been fully rendered yet.
For any reason you did actually want to produce something I am assuming it would be because it is going to be in some way useful, not a novelty item. In which case the structural integrity of this plastic does not hold up.
So as the average person......why do I want one of these? OH YEAH I DON'T. I WOULD USE THIS FOR PROTOTYPING SOMETHING FOR PRODUCTION. But fortunately like others have commented on, there are people out there that have sprung for the really nice printers and can overnight deliver models to me, saving me the cost of buying my own 3D printer."_
There's something universally appealing about the concept of a 3D printer -- that concept being an automated system capable of turning computer code
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3 comments the video review the guy is complaining his colleague catched a splinter while setting up the MakerBot ;)
Who thinks a maker bot at every home does not make sense does not understand the social implications that open source and the replicator have. We are seeing the beginning of a new era.
Like +Christian Hujer I believe we are seeing the beginning of a new era. I like to see personal 3D fab as a liberating technology, one that frees us from the dictates of manufacturers and the economics of scale. The plastic feedstock for the fabricators is fungible and basic capitalist forces will (over time) lower its price to marginally more than the cost of production. Once produced, design files will also be incredibly cheap meaning ordinary people will be able to make most of the objects they need or want at almost no cost.

People with good design skills will be able to make even more items, almost anything they can visualise.

It will be fascinating to watch this play out over the next 10 to 20 years.
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