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A Look at 3D Printing and Open Source

Feb 07, 2012, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Arthur C. Clarke said "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." And it's still magical when you understand how it works. 3D printers are here, they're cool, and there is a large and enthusiastic open source 3D printer movement...

3D printers produce physical objects from a computer file with a few mouse clicks. A cursory look at this technology might make it appear to be little more than yet another way to squeeze out more cheap plastic junk. But it is much more than cheap plastic junk; it's an amazingly fast way to prototype new products, and to customize small runs.

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