For years, I’ve been a huge advocate of 3D printing in the photo industry. I think it’s vital with the vintage camera and accessory world. Unfortunately, lots of camera manufacturers don’t want to support that part of their history anymore. The only one that truly does is Leica, and they should be commended for that.
Canon, Zeiss, Nikon, Pentax, and others have been around for many years. If you took a Canon F1 to be repaired, Canon wouldn’t do it. Instead, you’d need to go to a vintage specialist. This, in my opinion, is backward. If I’m to draw another parallel, it would be to the watch world. Many watch manufacturers will repair very old products. They’ve kept the blueprints, parts, etc. And today, 3D printing those parts is easier than ever. I know repair shops that have considered doing it themselves. So, I don’t understand why a camera manufacturer can’t do it and take advantage of a new market opportunity. There’s a clear demand for these vintage items. Why not support it? This is a big problem with things becoming obsolete after some time. Camera manufacturers discontinue products […]
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...