For years, retailers have been using 3D printing (3DP) to create sculptures, jewelry, and smartphone covers for consumers on marketplaces like Shapeways. Now, consumers can make their own artifacts and personalized works of stereolithographic art with reasonably-priced printers like the Makerbot, now being sold at Home Depot stores.
With 3DP, the garage hobbyist is rapidly becoming a manufacturing engineer— the 3DP revolution is upon us. 1984 saw the first 3D printer create physical objects from digital information. After years of developing rapid design prototyping techniques, scientists came up with the first working animal organ in the early 2000s, and a few years later fabricators began to print in multiple materials at once.Read More