Re: [rp-ml] free STL Files and other things we wish for in the new year

From: G. Sachs <>
Date: Mon Jan 04 2010 - 22:11:32 EET

So what kinds of "great" things would consumers do with their dirt-cheap RP machines? What they do with their studio grade still and video cameras? What they do with their Cray-supercomputer class computers (which I would have killed for in the 70's)? No, I think you may have too much optimism and faith for how people end up using powerful tools (like TV) and how long their interest in such things lasts. My guess is that the 'attention span' for cheap RP machines would be about 1-month (in the 21st century) - then on to the next 'cheap thrill'. Cheap is not what is really needed to get increased interest in RP - new visions about what is possible, especially in terms of creating (real, meaningful and well paying) jobs, may be much more important. I'm kind of tired of cheap thrills (and conferences), it may be time for everyone to get back to work and really 'do something' (as Steve Jobs might say). G. Sachs ________________________________ From: George W. Hart <> To: Sent: Mon, January 4, 2010 1:57:09 PM Subject: Re: [rp-ml] Detroit Bomber STL File To extend Marshall's point, I'll opine that it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if some killer app involving human sexuality is what it takes to get the economies of scale jump started, so that RP machine prices drop into the consumer appliance price range. (But let's *not* brainstorm ideas for such apps here on this forum.) George P.S. My coolest RP sculpture yet: (kid-safe, don't worry) Marshall Burns wrote: > Very interesting comment, Greg. Given the history of cave drawing, marble sculpture, painting on canvas, the printing press, photography, video tape, the Internet, and every other communication medium known to man and woman, there is no question that the popular advent of fabbers will come along with applications in pornography, both legal and illegal. In ten or 15 years, we’ll probably have prosecutors across the country arresting high school kids for 3D sexting. (Don’t trust the timing of my predictions; they’ve been dreadfully off before.)
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