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To: fso301
Will be interesting to see which direction the technology goes.

As always, I believe the technology will go toward wherever people's interests and willingness to pay lie, barring any physical impossibilities. I don't see any impossibilities down the path to what's been stated thus far on this thread. It seems analogous to a desire for 12 megapixel camera resolution (a resolution that would allow photographers confidently to abandon most legacy film designs) that started out twenty years ago as 640x480. We're now at something analogous to the 640x480 camera resolution in the 3d printer realm, IMHO.

HF

25 posted on 10/05/2012 12:36:34 PM PDT by holden
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To: holden
As always, I believe the technology will go toward wherever people's interests and willingness to pay lie, barring any physical impossibilities. I don't see any impossibilities down the path to what's been stated thus far on this thread. It seems analogous to a desire for 12 megapixel camera resolution (a resolution that would allow photographers confidently to abandon most legacy film designs) that started out twenty years ago as 640x480. We're now at something analogous to the 640x480 camera resolution in the 3d printer realm, IMHO.

Agreed. Technological changes are occurring rapidly in areas of 3D Printing and digital photography that will have untold impacts in the area of manufacturing. Add to this the research and the impact that DARPA is involved in when it comes to textiles:

DARPA issues robot challenge to clothing imports

Manufacturing will come back to the US. Sadly our cultural and educational development has lagged far behind the technological changes. This will create untold societal upheaval.
31 posted on 10/05/2012 1:05:27 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: holden

http://www.yosemite-17-gigapixels.com/GlacierPointZoomify.htm

FYI, saw this on FR a week+ ago - 17gigapixel camera shot. Use the mouse and zoom in function - pretty amazing.


47 posted on 10/05/2012 3:17:30 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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