Here is a typically prurient article form the New York Post about a “collective” that creates personalized sex toys. They use a 3D laser scanner to capture a man’s aroused privates in a process that take 30 to 45 minutes. Such personalization was not previously possible:
Plaster molds and other attempts take too long and often leave the customer limp with disappointment.
Now, thanks to 3D printing, the era of the perfectly cloned mini-you has arrived; finally, you can be in two places at once, as it were.
Ahem. Say what you will about this application, but it shows that the real value in 3D printing is in making things that you cannot otherwise buy at Wal-Mart. At this point that means prototypes, personalized items, and illegal items. What else can’t you buy more cheaply from Amazon?