future of 3d printing

We just 3D-printed a microphone in the lab – and the things coming next are pure science fiction

We just 3D-printed a microphone in the lab – and the things coming next are pure science fiction

The idea of creating a physical object from a digital file is fascinating. It conjures memories of the replicators in Star Trek that can create everything from clothes to starship components to different foods. Today’s 3D printing is making impressive strides in that direction, to the great interest of many manufacturers. It is now possible to print the components for sophisticated electronic devices with fairly simple equipment, for instance – as my research team has just shown by producing what we believe to be the first 3D-printed microphone.

Here’s What Life Will Be Like With 3D Printers That Can Create Anything

Here’s What Life Will Be Like With 3D Printers That Can Create Anything

Today's desktop 3D printers are fairly limited in terms of capabilities. However, we could be just a couple of decades away from a world in which every home has a 3D printer, capable of producing almost anything we can imagine.