The video above is from Form 1 3D Printer Kickstarter project that started about 2 days ago. They had a funding target of $100,000. Now, two days later, they have already received over $800,000.
3D printers are an amazing concept and something that we only dreamed about just a few years ago. While they are still in their infancy, I think that it won’t be long before 3D printers are commonplace. And I don’t just mean that we will be able to have access to 3D printers in all major shopping malls (I do think that though) but I think that soon they will be found in most homes.
Printer resin will be a huge money-spinner like printer ink is now. I have a printer but I don’t use it so much. I occasionally print a photo for a wall or special event and I used to print stuff for work. Most of my data is digital and I will probably keep it that way. Better shared than stored I say.
What can we do with 3D printer?
I didn’t want to say that the possibilities are endless because it sounds like some type of promotional spiel but the fact is: the possibilities are endless. Even at this stage of basic 3D printers. There are all types of things that we can create. You can watch the video above for some ideas.
Of course you can make ornaments and other useless crap like that. And artists might even use it to bring their digital masterpieces to the 3D realm of real life but that is not really how I envision the future of 3D printing.
I think most people will use 3D printing for practical purposes. For example, replacing a lost chess piece or game counter, replacing parts from a broken gadget or tool, or creating custom versions of items that already exist to improve their design.
I also think that they will enable people to do things that we have not yet imagined possible. And we have big imaginations. You might remember I talked about these douchebags trying to create CAD files that can be used to create guns from 3D printers. Hopefully the ideas that people come up with will be for more peaceful purposes though.
Back the Form 1 3D Printer
Because of the popularity of this Kickstarter project the options are quickly disappearing for those of you wishing to be the first to get your hands on one of these desktop 3D printers. There are 207 slots left for those willing to fork out $2,699. That’s 3 less than when I started writing this post. I have a feeling those remaining slots won’t last the week.