3D printing now a reality?!
Sorry if this has been covered already, but I've just seen this incredible piece of technology - a 3D colour printer:
Can you imagine if someone was to run a console's casing through this (any homemade Sega Neptunes could be made to look so much more authentic, providing the person responsible had access to a prototype shell in the first place)...
Clones will probably end up looking authentic enough that even the best experts would struggle to tell the difference between an original system and the cheaper alternatives that eventually flood certain markets abroad, at least based on pictures alone.
I picture the whole case swapping scene growing massively as a result of this latest discovery, but does anyone know how much this kit is currently going for? Since it's designed for uses outside the reach of most mere mortals, I expect it's still quite expensive and unlikely to make any real impact in the near future.
Unfortunately, the whole process is currently limited by the detail of the scanner and the outputted material, so until there are further advances we probably won't see any mass produced discs or what could eventually be a truly foolproof way of bypassing something like the Saturn's copy protection, for example.
Still, it's a great step forward and I am drooling with anticipation at what could come from this once the concept becomes more widespread. Anyone got an idea of what they'd like to see?
EDIT: Sorry - it seems I'm a bit slow as this one's been known about for quite some time. Anyway, it's news to me! Also, the price doesn't seem as high as I'd initially thought. I'm sure at least one zero will drop from the cost soon enough, and after taking a quick look at maker Z Corp's site I'm surprised this hasn't become more popular. Then again, it is a rather specialist machine and not something I expect to be found in most households just yet, unlike conventional 2D printers.
Last edited by Anthaemia.; 09-26-2011 at 08:53 PM.