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Re: 3D Printing of Sailboats
I think we are looking at this differently.
First even if book publishers are outsourcing it is to a bigger printer, not some guy with a photocopier in his basement...
and those who are outsourcing, likely they are outsourcing Stephen King novels, not Kilgore Trout.
If I read you right, you are saying that O'day is going to outsource boat building to a guy with a 3-D printer --- is that right?
I think books are a poor comparison to boats. While there may be tens or hundreds of thousands of books printed at a time even a large boat builder only builds a handful a year. As an example take the J-35. Over the ten year production run they built about 300 boats, or right at two and a half a month. For a 35' boat this is a pretty successful production run, but for almost anything but a boat company it wouldn't even count as a production run.