education background in Industrial design, have had the opportunity to work
with rapid prototyping for developing new products. As this becomes mainstream,
the following advantages and disadvantages vs. traditional manufacturing
methods become clear:
Iterations and mass user testing of products before
introducing them directly to the market means that user testing is involved at
a much earlier stage than before. This allows for on-demand manufacturing, which is both sustainable and cost-effective in
the long run.
Each product can now be made unique as per the needs
and variables defined by the customer permitting mass customization.
Especially for highly specialized and expensive
products with complex geometries, reusing
old versions could be made possible by allowing users to make their own
product replacement parts rather than buying a new one.
4. Designers and
manufacturing companies will be able to focus micro-markets such as developing nations, disable consumers etc. to
create highly functional products that are customized to their unique
Personal fabrication could be used abused to create and proliferate destructive or
To avoid piracy and protect the intellectual property, software designers will need to work closely
with developers to have copy protection or limited usage in place.
Freedom to access customizability may also lead to wastage.
Their might be material
and cost limitations involved.