Its a great story but give the control freaks and prosthetic manufacturing companies enough time and they'll be screaming for this to be stopped and regulated. Of course these are the same people that scream about medical costs being too high.
The Keynesian bitch-fit over 3D printer proliferation will be apocalyptic. Never mind the unthinkable new job categories that will be created along with this game changer, the Krugmanistas will still claim that every single job in America is at risk and call on Congress to declare war on anything that looks like a printer. It'll be the End of Aggregate Demand and civilization as we know it. But the only true existential threat posed by 3D printers is to Keynesian self-importance and credibility: they will never accept an explosion of abundance unless one of their shit-weasel bureaucrats somehow willed it into existence by fiat. And I can't wait until these miraculous machines finally push the smug, parasitic NGOs out of third world countries for good.
RHN, Well said. I concur.
Daaaang! You are SO right! Watch out, we are now on their 'list'.
You know how many dildos and life size dolls are going to come out of this?
Oh, this means 3D printers will soon be outlawed.
FDM parts will never replace molded, cast, and stamped parts. Perhaps there will be a rapid prototyping process in the future which will get to that level, but it won't be any of the processes on the market now. The reason they won't is materials and performance and cost. Rapid prototyping processes are very good for making something like this. Stuff that has to be redone often and customized to individuals, but you really don't want most things you buy made by these processes. These processes developed to prototype parts before making molds, dies, and other tooling. The tooled parts are always far superior in every way. (neglecting hand finished prototypes with lots of labor in them to make them pretty)