For decades, printing was something done by professionals – typesetting, layout, huge machinery. Some years ago, having a printer at home was almost unheard of – dot matrix, black and white copies, lousy quality, and slow. A few years back, printing in color was revolutionary. Now color printers are standard equipment – cheap, photo quality, wireless, and fast. And possibly becoming obsolete.
The newest trend is 3D printing. You can have a 3D printer for under $1000 right now. Printing objects? We’re just limited by our imaginations.
Leave it to us to print guns.
No worries. If you blow your foot off, you can soon print a new one.
Mind blowing, huh? This is just the beginning.
Take a look at the next iteration of printed materials – 4D printers, where time becomes incorporated in the process.
I guess if we can print in 3D, we should soon be able to fax in 3D.
If you add in the 4D possibilities, we might be able to fax a working heart at some point, or even a living person.
Beam me up.