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Old 09-07-2017, 12:31 PM   #18
Michael Thayne
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Default Re: How hard is it to acquire raw materials for 3D printing?

Originally Posted by Phil Masters View Post
Has minifacturing canonically displaced traditional systems in most cases? I don't recall that, and it seems unlikely. Specialist production systems will surely always be more efficient for any given single task than generalised systems, so anything for which there's reasonably reliable substantial demand will be produced by conventional factories, which can out-compete the minifactories.
It sounds like modular robofacs (THS p. 153) are the state of art for manufacturing at scale.
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