Get the rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech in your home

Dan Oliver talks you through the tech, re­veals the best tools, and shows you how easy it is to make your first print

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Tech­nolo­gies of­ten sim­mer un­der the sur­face be­fore emerg­ing into the main­stream. And in the case of 3D print­ing, it’s taken over 30 years to fi­nally come to the boil.

Held back by high costs and re­stric­tive patents, 3D print­ing has been wait­ing pa­tiently in the wings for its mo­ment in the spotlight, but if lead­ing tech ex­perts and an­a­lysts are right, that mo­ment is now upon us. And it’s time for 3D print­ing to take cen­tre stage, not just in spe­cial­ist ar­eas, but at home too.

A CSC study pub­lished in March 2015, and fea­tured in Forbes Mag­a­zine, pre­dicted that by 2020 the global 3D print in­dus­try will be worth $8.6 bil­lion (http://bit.ly/3dprint in­dus­try). And with prices ex­pected to drop by 50% in the next five years, and speeds to get up to 400% faster it’s claimed, there’s never been a keener in­ter­est in 3D print­ing (http:// bit.ly/3dprint­facts).

Now, with the likes of Canon, Dell, Adobe, HP, and Mi­crosoft cre­at­ing their own apps and hard­ware, there’s a bur­geon­ing in­ter­est in 3D print­ing that goes be­yond its hitherto niche au­di­ence; it’s about to go main­stream, and there’s never been a bet­ter time for Mac users to get in­volved.

In this fea­ture we’re go­ing to take a look at the fas­ci­nat­ing story be­hind 3D print­ing, un­cover some of the best print­ers and tools for Mac users, walk you through your very first print, and re­veal why so many peo­ple are catch­ing the 3D print­ing bug!

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