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So, after years of inventing stuff and getting absolute bupkis for it (even the one time I scooped Google: all that got me was a lot of  derision when I tell the story, and some commiseration when I show video proving it) I've decided to make one last try.

I don't do typical startup stuff like hyping something that doesn't exist or kissing VC bottom; I only deal with tangible results. This is my latest and, if it doesn't work out, last:

So why am I advertising on Dailykos? Answer below the fold, and I promise it's legit.

3D printers are cheap. They are a huge game changer, if they are allowed to proliferate. However, they aren't replicators -- they can only do some types of plastic, which limits their functionality.

What I did was come up with a cheap laser cutter to add to an existing printer. This allow using acrylic and wood as build materials -- wood is the most versatile stuff on earth.

So what does this do? It takes a power (making wood and hard-plastic small parts repeatably and reliably) and distributes it to people who can spend hundreds, rather than thousands, of dollars for it. That's... a lot more people.

In addition, unlike CO2 lasers, it's solid state so you don't have to keep buying CO2 and releasing it. Maybe read this. It was written in 2006, prehistory as far as the still-new 3d printer scene is concerned. It could happen this year.

Mine is not a revolutionary advance, however it is one of the thousand evolutionary advances we need to get from "here" to "the problem of affording a roof and three meals for everyone on earth has stopped arising".

Also, if I can break even, I will open source this.

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