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Culture: Five predictions for 2012

Via Scoop.itDigital Fabrication – teaching using new technology

But 2012 could well be the year that 3D printing becomes truly mainstream. To begin with, one expert believes that next year could be the year that a company like FedEx Kinko’s will start offering 3D printing as a consumer-level service. Though there are already companies like Freedom of Creation, Shapeways, and Ponoko that offer people the ability to have their models 3D printed, there’s still a technological barrier to entry that has restricted such business to people able to overcome those hurdles. “A local ‘print while you wait’ service would connect with many novice and hobbyist users–the real growth market for 3D printing,” says Scott Summit of Bespoke Innovations.


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