and cutrate black market fabrication shops run by unscrupulous npcs churn out mass production jobs of rare and/or illict designs and materials at such a low quality to make proper 'brints' skyrocket in price. that would make a nice quest for paragons to pick up at galpol hq and for renegades to stumble across while hacking their data caches for pricey data
It could also allow for renegade assaults on NPC ships without blowing them up; you're just trying to get a hi-res scan of their ship (and its contents) to sell on the black market.
Definitely an interesting idea. =]