I am not going to spend hours and hours researching and developing CAD for a 'thing', and then sell it to one person, only for them to churn out dozens of 3d printed copies, and maybe pass on my hard-cadded design to someone else so they can churn out dozens of copies.... Would you?
Whereas, using my skills to design and then make the parts, either as cast or 3d printed items, and selling them to a sizeable number of 'consumers', makes much more sense. True, one or two might be tempted to mould and cast them, but that will involve a degree of cash, skill, and to be brutal, a bit of effort.
3D printing machines and materials are finally getting close to being useful for guys like us. At costs, and running costs, that are a bit more palatable than they were. But if you are a consumer of these products, frankly the production method is irrelevant, provided the parts 'work' for you. However, for those that are actually designing and making these products, the current developments are JUST beginning to be interesting. JUST.
But only if you have the CAD skills to develop the shapes accurately. GIGO.
And scanning is still a can of worms.......
Edited by wunwinglow, 26 September 2017 - 12:18 AM.