Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson

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By Hod Lipson

Fabricated tells the tale of 3D printers, humble production machines which are bursting out of the manufacturing facility and into colleges, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the style catwalk. Fabricated describes our rising international of printable items, the place humans layout and 3D print their very own creations as simply as they edit a web document.

A 3D printer transforms electronic details right into a actual item by means of undertaking directions from an digital layout dossier, or 'blueprint.' Guided through a layout dossier, a 3D printer lays down layer after layer of a uncooked fabric to 'print' out an item. That's no longer the total tale, besides the fact that. The magic occurs if you plug a 3D printer into today's mind-boggling electronic applied sciences. upload to that the web, tiny, in your price range digital circuitry, radical advances in fabrics technological know-how and biotech and voila! the result's an explosion of technological and social innovation.

Fabricated takes the reader onto a wealthy and gratifying trip that explores how 3D printing is poised to affect approximately all the things of our lives.

Aimed at those that get pleasure from books on enterprise procedure, renowned technological know-how and novel know-how, Fabricated will offer readers with functional and resourceful insights to the query 'how will this know-how swap my life?' in response to enormous quantities of hours of study and dozens of interviews with specialists from a huge variety of industries, Fabricated bargains readers an informative, attractive and fast paced advent to 3D printing now and sooner or later.

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Then we would turn the scan data into a design file and re-create exact replicas of the cuneiforms on a 3D printer. 19 A machine that can make almost anything Image courtesy of Cornell University. Curator David I. Owen; Design: Natasha Gangjee; Photo by Jason Koski If our experiment worked, we figured that the next time he went abroad, my colleague could convince the local authorities to let him CT scan priceless local artifacts. Then he could send the design information to a nearby (or distant) 3D printer to share with anybody else on the planet.

Could it be that my salty old car mechanic got it wrong after all? Maybe you can have it done good, fast, and cheap, no compromises necessary. But maybe he wasn’t wrong. There’s more to the story than at first meets the eye. Mass production is riddled with hidden costs and delays. If you consider the big picture from the perspective of a company rather than the consumer, mass production is not cheap. Nor is the process of transforming a design concept into a mass-produced product particularly fast.

Perhaps one day, 3D printed robotic life forms will emerge from the printer complete with batteries, sensors, and circuit-brain already inside. New-born 3D printed robots will take their first hesitant baby steps out of the print bed and put their electronic circuitry to work learning their way around. Perhaps someday 3D printed robots will return to their 3D printer to invent new features for their “birth machine,” for a health check, to recalibrate or replace printed parts. Faxing things The ultimate convergence will arrive when we effortlessly shape-shift between being physical and being virtual, when physical objects smoothly transition from bits to atoms and atoms to bits.

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