From: Steven (
Date: Sat Feb 13 1999 - 23:13:25 EET

If people can view the file over the internet then what will prevent them from
SAVING THE FILE AS just like you can do now with pictures? Would you have to
insert a poison pill in the image file? Or alter it to be incomplete? What
would prevent them from completing it?

Also, you might get a number of artists selling libraries to the manufacturers
to be included with the hardware.

I still disagree about the million fabbers though. Even if the price got down
to $1,000 in todays money, like a good scanner or printer, most people would not
buy one. Especially if they were limited in material use. Maybe one would
output in steel, another in precious metal, still another in ceramic, another in
high density plastic. You have stated before that it may become neighborhood
fabbers which I could agree with, but I do not see it evolving into personal use
because of the specialized materials.

Creativity is also not widespread.

There also may be a Kinko-ization of RP. First you may get 500,000 neighborhood
fabbers but eventually they will be bought out and consolidated. Marketing of
the end product will cause further centralization. The internet has the ability
to create 500,000 newspapers, but it has not. Indeed, people like the Drudge
Report are internet enabled but you still do not have 500,000 active, and
commercially viable publishing houses. Maybe 5,000 if you are generous. So why
would a cheap RP bring about any greater proliferation of manufacturers than the
internet has of publishers?

Steven Pollack

Marshall Burns wrote:

> From: michael rees <>
> >Please visit the web page of this talented jewelry student at Tyler in
> >Philadelphia. Put that in your machine and smoke it!
> >
> Michael,
> Thanks for pointing this out. This is the future of manufacturing and
> merchandizing. In the future, there will be hundreds, then thousands, and
> then millions of these on-line catalogs showing products that people have
> designed and made on their fabbers. Viewers will have the choice of ordering
> these products from the designer, either as shown or with custom
> modifications, or downloading the CAD file (with a royalty automatically
> charged to their credit card) so they can make it on their own fabber or
> modify it themselves before fabbing. One difference, on Web sites of the
> future the images will be 3-D so viewers can rotate them and look at them
> from all angles before deciding on a purchase.
> Congratulations are due to Stanley Lechtzin for designing the program at
> Temple University that brought this work about. One complaint: There is,
> unless I missed it, no way to contact the student directly if one is
> interested. The student's own e-address should appear on the site.
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