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Prediction: Building products will soon be sold as 3-D blueprints, not physical objects

from 3BL Media

Within a few years, most faucets, sinks and other building products will likely be downloaded, not shipped. "We saw this coming, yes, but had no idea how quickly it would take shape," says Green Builder Editor-In-Chief Matt Power, author of the future-focused "Celestia Project." "It's sort of a ninja attack on the manufacturing industry, one that I don't think most of them yet see coming." Power notes that the media is distracted by stories of 3-D printers being used to print whole houses, and that's not the most obvious and practical use for personal 3-D printers, he says. more

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