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Could 3D Printing lower our dependence on fossil fuels?

Could 3D Printing, change our dependence on over seas supply chains? Could this lead in the reduction in the need for Chinese manufactured goods and trinkets? Could it even reduce our dependence on fossil fuel transportation? The following TED video discusses 3D Printing technology; which is advancing rapidly. Likely to become mainstream in less then ten years. The cost for these printers has plummeted in recent years, some now costing less then $2,500. Furthermore their is a team of engineers working feverishly in Hong Kong  to develop a 3D printer that costs just $500, called MakiBox. Albeit a smaller cradle then most 3D printers, the MakiBox is becoming more and more of a reality, maybe even this year. Check out MakiBox,com for progress.

 

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