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Re: 3D Printing of Sailboats

Speaking of publishing and printing, the two are NOT the same thing. A publisher solicits authors, grooms them, hires editors and fact-checkers and attorneys to deal with the material. Publicizes the book, arranges author's book-signing tours, and...wait for it...contracts out the printing to a printer!

A printer is just the guy who owns the printing presses, he's got nothing to do with the larger "publishing house" business. A publisher is more akin to a full service yacht sales agency, than a boat builder.

Our theoretical huge 3D printer will, however, be run exactly the same way that printing presses and mainframe computers and other expensive equipment is run. If you have a big expensive computer, you sell time-sharing on it, you never let it sit idle. If you have a printing press, you run three shifts, six or seven days a week, and each job is scheduled to run at a certain time. If the job comes in late? Too bad, you missed your slot, you'll need to reschedule. All this expensive equipment only makes money when it is being used, and the folks who own 'em, use 'em.
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