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Idiot's Guides: 3D Printing by Cameron Coward

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CHAPTER2

The History and Future of 3D Printing

In This Chapter

  • The development and history of 3D printing
  • How the RepRap project accelerated development
  • Predicting the near future of consumer 3D printers

If you want to understand something, it’s always a good idea to begin by looking at the history. It’d be difficult to truly understand how a car works, for example, if you didn’t know how the internal combustion engine was developed. 3D printers are no exception to the rule, and for such a new product they have quite a rich history.

In this chapter, I take you through the history of 3D printing and the effects of its evolution on you now and ...

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