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The Future of 3D Printing

, Cornell University, United States


3D Printers – machines that can automatically fabricate arbitrarily-shaped parts, layer by layer, from almost any material – have evolved over the last three decades from limited and expensive prototyping equipment in the hands of few, to small-scale commodity production tools available to almost anyone. It’s been broadly recognized that this burgeoning industrial revolution will transform almost every industry, every discipline, and every aspect of our lives. But how? This talk will describe the disruptive principles underlying 3D printing, and their sprawling effect from education to medicine, from art to architecture, and from biology to archeology. And finally – where will this technology go next?


Lipson, H. (2014). The Future of 3D Printing. In C. Crawford, D. Willis, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price & R. Weber (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014. Jacksonville, FL: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 24, 2019 from .

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