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Our future lies in the fine print

10154891_745199702180473_2157407589904613208_n3D printing, says University of Melbourne alumnus Bernard Meade, is the stuff of science fiction. Not only can these printers create plastic or metal products, but they can also make food and even body parts.

Imagine a piece of paper that you put through the printer, and you print words on it. Then you put the same piece of paper through the printer again and again. Over time the toner builds up on the same place, until you’ve created something you can see and touch in three dimensions. This process, explains Mr Meade, is the key to 3D printing.

Learn how 3D printing will change the way we live in the original Pursuit article our future lies in the fine print.

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