We’re already able to 3D print a lot more than you might think, from Frankenstein foods to gun parts to Eiffel Tower figurines. What makes 3D printing THE hot story of 2013 is what we’ll soon be able to do with it, producing trainers, drugs, human organs and Moon bases.
The machines are becoming faster, better and more affordable. The one we netted for this shoot, the MakerBot Replicator 2, is under two grand in UK money, resembles neither a 1980s office photocopier or a violent metal loom – both very much last season’s look in the 3D printing world – and is compact enough to sit on your desk.
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