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Coincidentally, on The Miniatures Page, there's a discussion about 3-D printers. Putting aside the intellectual property issues, I see these home-office fabrication devices as a boon to miniature wargamers who happen to be early adopters. While it will be easy to scan and copy existing sculpts, I know that gamers and artists will also use this type of device in new and imaginative ways--and since electronics get cheaper every year, I can see this gadget soon costing about the same as a laser printer.
Right now, there are a number of designers who sell wargaming figures on Shapeways. Soon more of us will be creating our own at home. How do you see 3-D printing affecting gaming?