I don't get all the excitement.<quoted text>A dumb hillbilly with a a good TV and cable. I wasn't doubting that 3D printers exist or that they've become more affordable. I was questioning the logic of making that sort of investment to knock off a few flimsy magazines on the odd chance that they become illegal to possess.
KEL TEK Arms of Cocoa Beach FL is already using plastics in the manufacture of handguns but it is currently illegal to manufacture an entire handgun from plastic due to airport screening conflicts.
If you look at an older plotter where a stylus deposited ink in two dimensions based on computer controls. Add height & have your stylus deposit a composite material instead of ink.
You have to have a program for every part perhaps generated by a cad system.
I can see the use in industry to produce parts that do not have huge quantity demands as I would think injection molding would be cheaper.
As for home use, other than perhaps for an artist or a craft application, I don't see it.
Its like a potter's wheel, unless you love to do it or sell your pieces at the local festivals, there are only so many pots & vases you need.