I just read a great article on the first 3D-printed loudspeaker. Give it a read and come back.
This stuff is straight out of Neal Stephenson’s “Diamond Age,” probably one of the greatest science fiction novels I’ve ever read. Not only does it immerse you into a world of possible future technology, it also makes a commentary on social issues such as race and ethnicity, class, and education. It’s a heavy and deep read, and written at a much higher reading level than most books. But it’s a great read, and something I highly recommend.
But back to the 3D-printing; this, to me is an example of the direction fabrication is going. The thing that immediately occurred to me after reading the article and watching the accompanying video was what if in the future, instead of going down to a store to buy an amp, we purchased the printing design online, then sent it to our 3D printer? But let’s take it a step further. Let’s say you don’t like the amp. What if there was a way then to recycle the materials? You could try out tons of different amps, and not have to worry about them taking up a lot of space.
Yeah, far-fetched for sure; and maybe we won’t see this coming to fruition in our lifetime. But with the advancements in technology that occurring right before our eyes, stuff like this is coming.