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perspectives trends 3d printing By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen 1 1+2. Two renderings of Kushner's 2,400-squarefoot estate in upstate New York complete with a pool that will be almost entirely 3D printed. 1 2 NEXT DIMENSION One technology's ability to transform products and architecture 3D printing-the process of turning a digital file into a physical product-isn't new technology. Originally known as rapid prototyping, it's been available since the late '80s. But in the last five years or so, the 3D industry has been on the rise thanks to continued advancements: Now there are 3D printing curricula for classrooms, a large range of printing materials to choose from, desktop 3D printers, and companies that will print a user's design for an affordable price. Revenue from 3D printers and materials and services grew to $3.3 billion in 2014, an almost 35 percent increase from 2013, and is expected to reach $5.2 billion this year, according to research firm Canalys. What's most interesting about the technology is that it pushes the boundaries for almost every industry in which it's used. "From manufacturing airplane parts to braces for teeth, and of course home and architectural design, there isn't a field that isn't already or going to be affected by 3D technology," says Alan Meckler, CEO and chairman of MecklerMedia, founder of the Inside 3D Printing tradeshow (and other 3D industry shows), which was launched in New York in 2013, and has since expanded to the West Coast and multiple global cities. He points to NASA's International Space Station featuring a special 3D printer that works in a zero gravity environment to print needed parts as well as the advancements in the medical industry- highlighting research company Organovo, which can bioprint liver and kidney tissue that help drug companies test more efficiently-as the most impressive uses of this technology. This level of innovation holds true in terms of architecture and design as well. From cuttingedge products done in new forms to the first 3D-printed houses, the technology is helping the creative thinker dream bigger. Janne Kyttanen "The benefits of working with this technology are unprecedented when compared with existing manual labor-intensive ways of making: speed, detail, and complexity," explains designer Janne Kyttanen, who started working with 3D1 printing technology in the mid '90s. "Early on, I realized that every object I looked at could be stored virtually and produced anywhere with very little environmental impact and no investment, assembly, or shipping charges. 3D printing removes logistical barriers, allowing me to create whatever I want to create, freely. The possibilities are literally infinite." Kyttanen's latest creations include the circular Avoid lamp, featuring an intricate diamond structure that is plated in 24-karat gold, and the Sofa So Good, "an exploration of how we can build structures with minimal material to achieve maximum strength, inspired by the anatomy of silkworm cocoons and spiderwebs," he says. Next up: he's submitted a research proposal to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) "to create a tool that models August 2015 049

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