Print Your Gadgets
from the just-wait-until-the-lawyers-get-ahold-of-this-one dept
3D printers are nothing new, but this latest CNN article talks about how 3D printers with the ability to print electric circuits are now coming one step closer to reality. Combine this with an announcement earlier this year about making these sorts of printers cheaper to manufacture (perhaps they've built a printer that can print one itself) and you've really got something: peer-to-peer distributed manufacturing. Forget large factories, just send the spec over and print away. Of course, if you think the recording industry is going nuts now over file sharing software, imagine what happens when the 3D printing spec for the latest hot gadgets finds its way onto a file sharing network. Either that, or imagine the big name device manufacturers having to compete against "open source" gadgets designed by a group of volunteers.