28 Oct '13, 3pm

Will 3D printing in the home actually catch on?

Will 3D printing in the home actually catch on?

3D printing is a popular meme these days, although it is only a subset of the much larger trend toward what we call downloadable designs or digital production. Will the 3D printer become a common home appliance? Russell Davies looks at the issue in the Observer: Forget guns, let's dream of 3D cakes . I previously compared today's 3D printers to dot-matrix printers in the 80's : low resolution devices that did a lousy job. Davies suggests that they are in fact like today's home printers, which still do a lousy job: 3D printing, you see, is not a single, homogenous technology. It's many different things. It can be extraordinary and banal. Right now it's having its popular consciousness moment and all sorts of myths and cliches are popping up. The first two you'll probably encounter are these: the comparison with the way paper printers got cheap and popular and the idea that ...

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