I just watched an interesting movie about a machine which is able to print 3d. The guys in the movie are talking about different methods to create 3d objects from files on a computer. The first machine they introduce is a color printer which creates gypsum objects. The machine costs at the moment about 60 000 Euro (84 000 US Dollars). The other machine uses a laser to create metal objects from metal powder and they are also taking about a third machine which seams to work with some kind of plastic and is able to dismantle the created object to plastic powder again to create something else afterwards.
They where thinking about what possibilities this would lead us to if you had a database of objects and create them everywhere where you got a 3d printer. For example they said that spare parts could be produced on the ISS space station with a bag of powder instead of sending all possibly required spare parts up to the station. Only the file would need to be transfered.
If you are interested in this movie, you can download it here (yes it legal) They are talking german. If you don’t understand a word you still see some interesting pictures.
Now think about how this technology could serve us blender artists. Especially if we can’t only work with different colors but also with different materials!! The price for the machine is still quite high and the machine isn’t really ready for daily useage jet. But the idea is simply amazing!