He bought the printer in February and charges $15 for every ounce of plastic that is used to print something.
So far, only about four customers a month come to print on the machine. They use it for small, personal jobs, just as you would use a copy machine at your local library. Griffiths has made dice, model airplanes, and bride and groom cake toppers from 3-D models of the real people. “We had a couple people coming in to get little car parts made for old cars, windshield wipers and stuff for their pickups,” he says.
The trickle of customers hasn’t dampened his faith in the technology. Griffiths says he plans on upgrading soon to a ProJet 1500, a higher-end printer that sells for $14,500.
“If it takes us five years to get this thing to where people are coming in and using it all the time, that’s okay,” he says. “Ten years from now they’ll have these in Walmarts.”
It’s difficult to imagine. But, then again, 40 years ago the idea that you could print ten identical copies of a resume probably didn’t even occur to most people.
They just went on punching out every letter on a typewriter.
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