The advent of the printing press was technologically transformative in two ways: It led to the printing of at least 20 million books by the year 1500 (Schubert et al., 2014, p. 159). And, more fundamentally, the printing press represented the first mass production assembly line (p. 159). Since the printing press, printing technology has developed along different paths—from lithography to the laser printer—but always in the production of two-dimensional images. This changed with the development of 3D printing in the 1980s. In a reference to the history of printing technology, one of the early terms for 3D printing was “stereolithography”, to refer to the way in which iterated layers of, for example, plastic, are laid down to build up a three-dimensional object (p. 159). In the three decades since, commercial applications have ranged from parts for cars and...
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