Nel 2004, l’Italia era il secondo utilizzatore in Europa e il quarto al mondo di robot industriali. http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/commenti-e-idee/2012-09-18/robot-volta-063932.shtml?uuid=AbVaXPfG
Low cost 3D printing is an emerging market. Competitors including Makerbot, Printrbot, Solidoodle, and Ultimaker sell machines from between $399-$2200. These machines require extruded plastic filament that costs about $40-$54 per kg. This is between 5-10 times the cost of the raw resin pellets. To get widespread adoption of the technology the cost of using the machines will need to go down.
Drive down the cost of filament by creating a machine. The first team/person to build an open source filament extruder for less than $250*(calculation details below) in components can take ABS or PLA resin pellets, mix them with colorant, and extrude enough 1.75mm diameter +/- .05mm filament that can be wrapped on a 1kg spool. The machine must use the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0). http://desktopfactory2012.istart.org/
Facit Homes claims to be the first company in the world to digitally fabricate a bespoke home on-site. The company has developed a process (D-Process) whereby it delivers a compact mobile production facility (MPF) to the construction site, equipped with all the materials and machinery required to transform a 3D digital design into a physical building. “We are the first company in the world to have successfully trialed manufacturing a house on-site,” Managing Director of Facit Homes, Bruce Bell told Gizmag. “We bring our compact high-tech machine to site and make it there and then—its an amazingly efficient way of designing and making a house.” http://www.gizmag.com/digitally-fabricated-homes-facit/23844/