Digital fabrication is so much more than 3D printing

There is too much coverage in the press about the wonders of 3D printing and it’s a distraction from the real revolution, argues Neil Gershenfeld, the head of MIT’s Centre for Bits and Atoms. “The coverage of 3D printing is a bit like the coverage of microwave ovens in the 50s. Microwaves are useful for some things, but they didn’t replace the rest of your kitchen,” he said, speaking at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges summit. “The kitchen is more than a microwave oven. The future is turning data into things, but it’s not additive or subtractive.”

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