Posted by: bluesyemre | November 20, 2012

3D Printing and the Rise of the Makers

  • The edge of technology is when it enables you to do something that you couldn’t do before. It’s one thing to put your imagination down onto a piece of paper, or into a computer program, but what if you could hold it in your hands? This is the vision of 3D printing. Digital designs can be turned into real objects using various kinds of plastic. This technology is not new, but bringing the machine home with you is — the people behind MakerBotstarted the company with a goal of making 3D printing more accessible. Along with an affordable 3D printing solution has come a community of makers. They’re able to share designs, so if you see a picture of something you like, there’s a chance you can just make it yourself — by printing it out. For industrial designers, this can speed up prototyping, but for everyone, it’s a tangible expression of the imagination — which should, in turn, bring about more innovation.

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