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The Printer Worth a
Thousand Words

By Chin Chin Yap

Artists grapple with the 3D printing revolution and with each other

FOSTER + PARTNERS, Lunar Base made with 3D printing, 2013, photograph of project design. Copyright ESA/ Foster + Partners. Courtesy Foster + Partners, London.


The idea of ordinary people using 3D printers to produce everything from spare parts for appliances to clothing or even cars is no longer science fiction but reality. Although 3D printers have been around for decades, the development of their technologies and the commercial availability of some models

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