But Why Not Just Sell The Plastic Parts? (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-29 18:31 (#1YS) Who are we kidding here? All the real meat of the robotics and electronics are being delivered separately. All that the 3D printer is doing is producing plastic parts... slowly, roughly, and very inefficiently.I'm not against it, but there's a huge hype train on 3D printing.Why wouldn't this "kit" just also include the plastic shell parts, efficiently and cheaply mass produced in a real factory?Is it really that thrilling for aging geeks to watch plastic getting melted in person? Re: But Why Not Just Sell The Plastic Parts? (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2014-05-29 20:05 (#1YT) If we're going all the way geek here, I'm thinking the best use for a 3D printer is printing models of your D&D characters. ...That said, I half agree with you--this is not an effective implementation of 3D printing. We're sort of in a pre-enlightenment period of the science. The really interesting stuff is going to happen when they start putting together synthesized chemicals and we get 3D printed food ala Star Trek.