Update: I have just been told of a 3D printing exhibition coming up in London 19-21 Oct 2012. For details click here
If you haven't heard of 3D printing then you can say you saw the future of life as we now it right here.
In the annals of history there are arguably several inventions of enduring significance:
- Steam Engine
- Printing Press
- 3D Printer?
What would have Karl Marx thought about the 3D printer?
Marx, Letter to Weydemeyer (1852):
And now as to myself, no credit is due to me for discovering the existence of classes in modern society or the struggle between them. Long before me bourgeois historians had described the historical development of this class struggle and bourgeois economists, the economic anatomy of classes.
What I did that was new was to prove:
(1) that the existence of classes is only bound up with the particular, historical phases in the development of production,
(2) that the class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat,
(3) that this dictatorship itself only constitutes the transition to the abolition of all classes and to a classless society.
Link to videos of exhibitors at the up coming 3D Print Show here
Another video on 3D printing, this time for musical instruments:
Last one: By FinancialTimesVideos