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Measure twice, print once

Now that a fully functional Crescent wrench can be produced from 3D printing technology, my crystal ball has shown me the future of the cabinet making process:

You design the new kitchen on your computer. Then, after the client has approved the 3D printed model, you move in to the newly remodeled but still empty kitchen. You make a few measurements and position your print heads. You attach hoses that snake out to the main printing unit and computer which has replaced the tool box in the back of your truck. Additional hoses connect the printing unit to barrels of material, which are labeled "Wood-like Substance," “High-Gloss Countertop Material," and "Hinge Compound." You recheck the position of the print heads, making sure that none of the beams cross (consult the movie Ghostbusters for information on what will happen if you allow the beams to cross).

Now that everything is set up and connected, you boot up the computer, pull up your job file and click "print". Then you go to lunch. When you get back, the job is done. The entire kitchen has been created while you munched on a sandwich. You collect your check and go fishing. Actually, you don't get a check, you simply pull out your smartphone and have the funds transferred into your account.

And you never even had to break a sweat. Sweet!


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