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December 25, 2008

Print Your Own Products

Professor Thomas A. Easton writes in the latest issue of The Futurist about how improvements in three-dimensional printing technology and new business models (such as that of Ponoko, previously reported on here) are enabling products to be manufactured on-demand from digital design files.  He imagines a not-too-distant future in which consumers will have 3D printers, or "fabbers," right on their home desktops, ready to manufacture products purchased online in an instant.

For more on this and other related topics, check out Prof. Easton's blog, Technoprobing.

Posted by Robert at December 25, 2008 9:43 AM
category: Design & Engineering | Technology Industry


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