We are living in an age obsessed with the 3-dimensional, from film and TV, to holograms, to customizable objects that consumers may design online and receive by mail. As technology advances, we desperately desire to move past the 2-dimensional limitations of the screen and make our cyber lives more tangible. Just such a marriage of the physical and the digital can be found in 3D printing–also known as additive manufacturing–a technology that may redefine every aspect of how we live and interact with the world around us.
This is by no means a brand new concept, the idea of 3D printing has been around for approximately 30 years. Though in the mid 80’s the first such process was known as stereolithography, and since then many of the precise methods and materials have changed, the fundamental aspects of the technology remain the same.
Printing a 3-dimensional object begins with a digital…
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