Chapter 12. 3D Printing

Noted science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you look at a 3D printer at work, you can understand what he meant (see Figure 12-1). Seeing an object taking shape layer by layer, or emerging from a resin bath for the first time, is like witnessing magic. These technologies are entering our homes, and they are accessible at reasonable cost. With a device that costs approximately as much as a mid- to high-end laser printer—around $600 to $2,500 at the time of this writing—you can create nearly any kind of object you like, or fix broken objects that nobody sells or manufactures anymore. Welcome to the world of self-production!

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