Thanks Allen, fascinating – I had no idea this method had been in development for so long.
What I’m not sure of is why there is so much interest in disseminating production to local ‘print shops’.
Is buying physical models so difficult? And I can see huge problems with copyright/unauthorised copying once print programs are out there which would make me, if I were a designer, reluctant to sell in this manner.
Useful perhaps for a US manufacturer to transfer masters to European producers and vice versa rather than physically ship product with all the postage/handling costs but to licensee manufacturers rather than end users.
Of course it’s worth knowing that I preferred BetaMax (they were smaller and better quality for goodness sake!).