Many technologists believe advances in 3-D printing will revolutionize manufacturing. With the right software, in-home printers can already produce unique homewares, machine parts and architectural models. In the future, these devices could re-wire and democratize the global manufacturing economy. We explore the future of 3-D printing and possible intellectual property battles looming on Capitol Hill.
Photo Gallery: What You Can Make With A 3-D Printer
Video: Time Lapsed 3-D Printing
A mini Beethoven bust printing on MakerBot #169 with a total print time of 1 hour and 22 minutes.
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