3-D Printer Brings “Magic Arms” to a Two-Year-Old

I did a bit of research into 3D printing in the 90s when it was still fairly new. But what struck me was how mature the technology was despite its immaturity. Most new technologies when they are prototyped require some imagination on the part of the viewer to fill in the gaps, to understand what its creator has in mind. But this stuff exceeded expectations from the start. At every company or research center I visited, I found engineers who were secretly using rapid-prototyping parts not as prototypes or reverse casts, but as production pieces for suitable applications. Secretly because that’s not what they were “supposed ” to be doing, not what the machines were budgeted for. What struck me as odd was that those were all seen as one-offs, as experiments that didn’t really fit into the R&D landscape. Today, rapid prototyping is quite commonplace in the world’s labs but still has the aura of an oddity. It’s good to see the technology being put to good, non-prototype use:

3-D Printer Brings “Magic Arms” to a Two-Year-Old – Mike Isaac – News – AllThingsD

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