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Difference Engine: The Pc All Over Again?

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3D-printed toys

Credit: Makerbot Industries LLC

What could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages, and basements. Tinkerers with machines that turn binary digits into molecules are pioneering a whole new way of making things—one that could well rewrite the rules of manufacturing in much the same way as the PC trashed the traditional world of computing.

From The Economist
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