So like if your kid just watched Finding Nemo on TV and wants a toy turtle just like Crush but you're nowhere near a toy store...you just download the design and print. Bam, toy turtle.
(Okay, not exactly "bam" printing stuff can be sloooow).
|Photo lifted from 4MULE8 on Thingiverse|
Now while there has been quite a bit of controversy about 3D printing...as some people have created plans to make fully functioning 3D plastic guns...just think of the applications for fishing!
Well Michael Hackney, aka the Eclectic Angler has, and has printed some very interesting things. He showed them off the other day in the Tenkara USA forum.
Such as this fully functional, 3D printed fly fishing reel...
|Image lifted from 3DPrintingindustry.com|
And this 3D printed tenkara line spool...
|Image lifted from Michael Hackney|
While barriers to entry such as cost (these 3D printers aren't cheap) are preventing this from being a common activity in every home at this time, I can only close my eyes and fast forward 5 or 10 years into the future. Once pricing has dropped (it always does on electronics, remember $500 VCRs?), can you imagine not needing to run to the store to pick up that missing fishing item?
Lose your favorite Rapala in a tree...just print up a new lure. Pretty crazy...but that's the world we we're moving toward...one layer of plastic at a time.
Now who doesn't want to run out and buy a MakerBot?
What would you make with your 3D printer?