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Disruptive Technology

The Big Idea for Saturday, April 06, 2013

By removing familiar, time-honored manufacturing constraints, 3D printing sets the stage for "a cascade of downstream innovation." In their book, Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman explore how 3D printing technologies will change the ways we work, eat, heal, learn, create and play.

According to Lipson and Kurman, 3D printing technologies "ease the tyranny of economies of scale" due to a number of principles that they lay out in today's lesson. These principles, the authors argue, are either true today, or will be true in the coming decades. 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 3 Ways the Magic Wand of 3D Printing Will Go Mainstream
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 The Ten Principles of 3D Printing
    Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman Experts' Corner
  3. 3 5 Steps to a 3-D Printed Eyeball
    Big Think Editors Top Five
  4. 4 Bre Pettis on The Disruptive Future of 3D Printing
    SPARKS & HONEY CULTURAL STRATEGISTS Amped
 

Disruptive Technology

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