By Phoenix Wilkie on Dec 15th, 2015
3D printing is just what it sounds like - printing 3-dimensional objects. An object is built up through the laying down of thousands of thin layers. It's most commonly done in plastic but objects can also be printed in nylon, metal and other materials. It's a wild new frontier in manufacturing. It's even been suggested that 3D printing could overthrow the current capitalist system by putting the means of production in the hands of ordinary people.
It sounds wonderfully utopian in theory. Who wouldn't want to print their own toys, their own clothes, even their own food? But what happens when a less desirable pattern becomes available?
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