LIving in Silicon Valley you get inundated with announcements by sites like Crunchbase, AngelList of another technology company that is launching a product or service which seems pointless. Perhaps that is harsh, but let’s say that the business benefits of these companies are slightly difficult to grasp. Not that it seems to stop investors!

However, 3D printing does seem to offer some real potential to change the world. The ability to create components, parts or complete products from a file is transformational. No need to wait days for a part to be delivered. Instead, send a file via email, or download it and then print in situ. And distance is not an issue; San Francisco, Stuttgart or space.

As it explained in this BBC News article, NASA has emailed a spanner to the astronauts in the space station.


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