The Future of 3D Printers: Parts/Components and Electronic Delivery

For me 3D printers are really going to be the future of spare parts/components and electronic delivery. Everyone’s probably heard of 3D printers as of recently because of the proliferation of blueprints for a 3D printed gun. The fact is that 3D printers have been around for quite some time now, but haven’t really made their way to homes because of high prices, a lack of demand, a lack of consumer grade option. It’s likely that this will start to change in the near future and where I really see the value of 3D printers is in spare parts. Let’s say for instance that you need a screw to a particular piece of furniture in your home. Imagine if you could go over to the manufacturer’s website and download the specs for a replacement screw, then print it out. I think this is immensely useful. Aside from this, I imagine that many products will be sold in the form of electronic delivery that once couldn’t be. Of course, we know that things such as tickets, have been sold electronically for years now, but this really takes it one step above and what it really means is almost instant delivery of a product through 3D printing. Now, of course, most of these 3D printers require some substantial time in order to complete a job, but with an increase in demand and efficiency time to completion is likely to decrease quite quickly as the years go by. There is definitely space in this emerging market for start-ups to capitalize on the market and technology enthusiasts demand.


Facebook Home First Impressions


Facebook Home just seems like one of those things that sounds like a great idea, but isn’t when implemented. I think that Facebook made a wise choice in deciding to make something that could be installed on any Android phone. Despite the strict restrictions on which phone can be used, it seems that Facebook Home can actually function on any Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwhich. For information on how to install it on virtually any Android phone right now, read my post on how to get Facebook Home to work from your Android Phone on The Tech Tipper. Not only this, but the launcher is very impractical. The lack of customization makes it great if all you plan on doing is living in Facebook, but everything else difficult. If Facebook is your essential application, then this might be great for you, but for those of us for whom Facebook takes up a minuscule part of our phone use, it’s just very impractical.

The reality is that using Facebook Home as a launcher just seems severely impractical. The home screen is arguably for nice. For those of us who have friends who take high quality photos and have a phone with a large screen, Facebook Home truly looks great. It’s a great interface for viewing your friends updates and media. Despite this, Facebook Home feels very sluggish. Even on my Android phone which a 1 Ghz processor and plenty of power, it slows the phone down and I believe this is the case because it really runs in conjunction with the Android Launcher. Facebook Home is nonetheless a very vibrant interface. It looks great and maybe with future releases Facebook will find a way to balance it out.