3-D Printers are the future. Companies such as Nike are already using them to radically speed-up their prototype phase. Getting new shoes to market, and on the feet of elite athletes, even quicker. In the near future, the possibilities for this kind of rapid prototyping by big companies, and the ability of smaller companies and individuals to be factories in themselves will definitely have a big impact. In the long term, 3-D Printing is seen by many as an important first step toward a ‘Star Trek Economy‘
Recently though, I was thinking about how 3-D Printing might be compared to its older cousin, traditional 2-D paper printing.