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Can I make this instead of buy?


Globally, emerging manufacturing technologies are driving what some have called the “third industrial revolution”

Additive manufacturing is changing how things are made, who makes them, where they are made, and even what is made.

Imagine what it would be like if you could create your own custom home objects simply by pressing a button. Thanks to 3D printing technology it’s now possible to design your own items and bring them to life.

What follows is a look at three examples that you can create using a 3D printer and your own imagination.


Create stunning, unique, and intricate light fixtures using a 3D printer. Let natural shapes such as leaves and seashells inspire you or design your own original creations from scratch. A variety of materials such as nylons, metals, and resins can be used to make some truly amazing and eye-catching fixtures.


Statues or Sculptures

With so many materials available for 3D printing, you can create your own unique statues, sculptures or other physical works of art.



There are a number of open source digital designs you can use to print out the pieces of your perfect ittem (some assembly required). Or you can design your own and test its practicality by printing out a miniature 3D model.


3D printing not only reduce the  sense of economies of scale, but makes viable manufacture unique products.

Time reduced and customizability achieved through using urban workshops or small urban factories, physical product development will be closer to web applications, with the same processes that craftsmen take the entrepreneur-hacker “geek”.



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