Professor Thomas A. Easton writes in the latest issue of The Futurist about how improvements in three-dimensional printing technology and new business models (such as that of Ponoko) are enabling products to be manufactured on-demand from digital design files. He imagines a not-too-distant future in which consumers will have 3D printers, or “fabbers,” right on their home desktops, ready to manufacture products purchased online in an instant.
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