^ Building Plastic Object with a Novel 3D Printer – Image Courtesy of Alexander Kirch at ShutterStock.com
A Peep into the Future
Imagine this. In not too distant a future, your car breaks down because one of its parts has worn off beyond repair. Now, you have been using the car for over five years. You visit the company’s authorized spares dealers. The part is not available. You check with other dealers. Same result.
Vexed, you call a friend who happens to know a thing or two about automobiles. He gives you the contact details of a small fabrication shop right in your neighborhood. Unsure but eager, you walk into the shop. At first sight, you are not impressed. Not one bit.
Appearances can be deceptive though. In the next hour or so, you watch with spellbound surprise as the fabrication shop owner-operator builds a new spare layer-by-layer after writing a code for building an exact replica.