I have been trying to motivate myself to actually post some useful content to this site for over a year now, with little success. I guess it is a matter of having too many things that are in my list of priorities. But no more! Today is the day I start to give original content back, rather than just consume everyone else's. So the first geeky topic on hand is 3D printing. I have been interested in playing around with the technology for a while now, and have been able to get a little hands on with some very high end printers from 3DSystems as well as the more consumer grade MakerBots and the hobbyist RepRaps, and they are absolutely amazing machines, all of them. I don't know if I buy into the whole "in ten years everyone will have one" thing, but I guess that really depends on how well the process is simplified for the end user. There is no way my mother is going to use one if she has to do even a fraction of what is involved today for even the most consumer friendly models. That being said, I am sure the learning curve will come down drastically in the near term. But still, how many items can you see your parents printing for around the house use. The market is there for hobbyists and entrepeneurs, but outside of those who are mechanically adept, and willwant to do some assembly of what they are producing, I see a limited market. Anyway, the point of all this rambling is that I will be acquiring a RepRap soon, and have been doing some research into them, so they are on my mind right now. Fortunately, my friend, Ross, has a ton of experience with these things, and will either be helping me to print off the parts I need to build my own, or selling me one of his. Here is a link to his blog where you can read about all things RepRap as well as some other great content about digital cameras, etc.
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