Chapter 11. This Is Not a Pipe

The bits-to-atoms revolution is bringing machines able to create real objects into our homes. These machines take minutes or hours to print a three-dimensional model, turning a file on a computer into something physical we can touch with our hands. The techniques used to create objects are many: we can deposit material, dig chunks out of blocks, and create molds to be filled or forms on which materials are laid. We can create these objects by ourselves or with a community, and we can share them, download them from the Internet, modify them, and create them in our homes. It’s all about turning bits into atoms.

Manufacturing Processes

The technologies we are going to show you belong to two big families that existed ...

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