It’s been over 30 years since the first 3D printer was devised by Chuck Hull . Ever since that time, the idea of machine-printing objects from scratch has gone to reality from fiction, opening up new opportunities for every area from science to art.
3D printing may not be quite there yet, but the technology has advanced leaps and bounds in terms of the extent and utility of 3D-printed items. Surprise, surprise: It’s not just gimmicks and toys.
It’s not difficult to be suspicious of 3D printing, which can be still slower, more expensive, and less powerful than conventional production. But by focusing just few remaining shortcomings, we fail to detect how far 3D printing has come.