|3D printer: Creative Tools / Foter.com / CC BY|
Eventually this will means that places online will be able to sell you digital "real" objects. That is, you by the file that tells the printer how to make a particular toy or sculpture, or even a small appliance with basic moving parts.
As the tech develops the items you can make will be bigger and more hard wearing. There will be different materials that you can put together in modules and perhaps add electronic parts. I, personally, think that it will be very cool. People may actually get involved in making and repairing things again, and really knowing how they work.
|3D printed frogs: Creative Tools / Foter.com / CC BY|
Maybe then we will finally have sensible, pragmatic and properly enforced copyright laws and regulations? Well, I can dream anyway.
Next step: the Replicator becomes real!