Suffolk in the City: Future of 3D printing

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December 13, 2013, 11:33 am
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(NECN/Suffolk University: Dan McCarthy, Boston) - The first 3D printing store, MakerBot, just opened on Newbury Street in Downtown Boston.

It has a lot of people talking about the future of the industry.

A corn-cob pipe, a button nose, and two eyes made out of plastic? It's Frosty the Snowman, and he was just made from a 3D printer.

A three-dimensional object is scanned and uploaded to the printer as an image. The printer then rebuilds that image into a 3D model, melting plastic one layer at a time.

Just like that, Frosty comes to life. But don't thank the top hat. Thank the machine that may, one day, be stranger than fiction.

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