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These lights should be available to buy <3

I'd love to see these rear lights become available as an aftermarket product :-)
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I'm thinking that advances in 3D printing will eventually lead to the home hobbyist being able to design and print one-off custom parts.
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I'm thinking that advances in 3D printing will eventually lead to the home hobbyist being able to design and print one-off custom parts.
Up to a point you are correct, but the 3D printer is not a Star Trek replicator, and there are a lot of things it is not well suited to produce, like these (or any) lights. Printing lenses especially presents some serious problems, although it would certainly be possible to print the molds needed to create them using a process like vacuum forming.

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Perhaps not today, but I think one day we will be able to 3D print things like this.

Think how far we've come with regular printing from the days of 9 pin dot-matrix printers versus full color laser printers today. Will be interesting to see how this technology, along with 3D scanning, progresses.


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To true! Considering that they have now "printed" a heart!

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Perhaps not today, but I think one day we will be able to 3D print things like this.

Think how far we've come with regular printing from the days of 9 pin dot-matrix printers versus full color laser printers today. Will be interesting to see how this technology, along with 3D scanning, progresses.
"One day" I'm certain that someone will work it out. But I think that for the foreseeable future it will be out of reach of the "home hobbyist". And there are more suitable technologies available.
Dot matrix printing has been around since the 1920s, and the first "home" color laser printer showed up in the mid-1990s, after the technology was first demonstrated around 1970.
Is technology advancing faster? Certainly, but the problems of printing an optically clear three-dimensional curved surface to the consistency needed for an acceptable auto part is pretty considerable.

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"One day" I'm certain that someone will work it out. But I think that for the foreseeable future it will be out of reach of the "home hobbyist". And there are more suitable technologies available.
Dot matrix printing has been around since the 1920s, and the first "home" color laser printer showed up in the mid-1990s, after the technology was first demonstrated around 1970.
Is technology advancing faster? Certainly, but the problems of printing an optically clear three-dimensional curved surface to the consistency needed for an acceptable auto part is pretty considerable.
Oh I agree...not saying it's happening in the next 10 years...but next 20? maybe...30 years and they would start to get to the point where homeowners could purchase them. Maybe faster. We'll see.

Keep in mind that in the 1980s a CD-ROM drive was thousands of dollars. By the late-90s, they were $50 and you could get CD writers.


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