3D Printing How Innovation Connects Us with the Past

It seems lately 3D printing is making headlines everywhere. 3D printed pizza!? 3D printed buildings?! With news like that, it's hard to imagine any boundaries exist when it comes to building three-dimensional objects. For our latest blog series, we're taking a look at 3D printing and spotlighting some of the people and ideas making headlines in the 3D print space.

3d Printing As our intrigue with 3D printing has ramped up, one of the coolest parts of following the technology has been hearing different perspectives about the impact that 3D printing will have on manufacturing. One voice that stood out is Avi Reichental. In his TED Talk from March, What's Next in 3D Printing, Avi discusses the amazing future of 3D printing, and describes the technique as a rebirth of local craftsmanship, something that connects him to his grandfather, a cobbler who made custom shoes. He sees technology that is incredibly advanced, but also views 3D printing as a tool that empowers people to be creators and builders by enabling them to not only design something, but to produce it as well.

When you think about technology, what's the first idea that comes to mind? For many, it's probably connectivity; bringing people, ideas and geographies together that were once difficult to connect. Automation is another; allowing processes to be simplified or executed more quickly.

For me, localization was a new one. And, frankly, a very cool concept. The idea that 3D printing allows someone to be a craftsman certainly reinvigorates the definition of manufacturing. It's a way for someone to create, relying on the tools of design and programming. And it's how Avi, a maker of things who's tool is the 3D printer, feels connected to his grandfather's love of shoe-making so many years ago.