3D Printing and the Incremental Greening of Our Lives 3D Printing and the Incremental Greening of Our Lives
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3D Printing and the Incremental Greening of Our Lives

by Adele Peters

December 2, 2012

 

3D printing's getting more accessible all the time. Today, Staples announced that it will add 3D printers to selected stores in Europe. If you happen to live near a Tech Shop, you can stop by to print something out, even if you're not a member. Autodesk offers easy-to-use software that includes an option to save a file locally or send it to the nearest printer. If you've got the cash, you can buy your own MakerBot

Along with making repairs, you can use 3D printers to make your own products and avoid the store completely. Read more on 3D printing's sustainability benefits by an engineering student who worked on several projects with Autodesk last summer. 

Beyond the sustainability benefits, the technology is also just fun. You can, for example, print out tiny action figures of yourself in the newest 3D photo booths and if you visit New York this winter, stop by the MakerBot store to print a free 3D portrait of yourself.

Image (cc) flickr user SparkTruck

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