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The PC all over again?

by Shruti Modi

In Difference Engine: The PC all over again?, The Economist explores 3D printing and whether it can have the effect on manufacturing that PCs had on the computing world.

WHAT could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages and basements. Tinkerers with machines that turn binary digits into molecules are pioneering a whole new way of making things — one that could well rewrite the rules of manufacturing in much the same way as the PC trashed the traditional world of computing.

The machines, called 3D printers, have existed in industry for years. But at a cost of $100,000 to $1m, few individuals could ever afford one. Fortunately, like everything digital, their price has fallen. [more]