Members of the Rapid Prototyping Mailing List (RP-ML) routinely exchange patterns for 3D models that can be output on
digital fabricators. At the O’Reilly P2P conference on Friday, Marshall Burns, the president of Ennex Corporation said that by 2010 it’s likely there will be affordable fabbers in offices and high-end homes, able to accept digital patterns off the Net and output simple products, such as scuba fins. More complex products will come later with more advanced fabbers, leading to ones capable of using nanotechnology to create complex devices or even living tissue. See
Ennex’s site for more details on fabbing.