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Great article! I did a small amount of study at university on 3D printers and their commercialization - there's one that can print itself, meaning you'd only have to know someone who has bought one or had one printed to get it yourself, no need to go through retail. It is slowly changing society globally - new legislation in the U.S. is being discuss in a couple of states to prevent the use of printed weapons or parts of weapons (such as gun parts). Perhaps they need to act faster as scarily, there are entire websites dedicated to sharing the files for printing various weapon parts. Of course, there are many positive aspects as well - cheaper production of tools and machinery need for WA's mining industry, 3D printing of food, and in one case a working organ was printed! It will absolutely change the world as more powerful printers are available for home use.

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