Making your own Yoda bobblehead or bringing a Penrose Triangle into existence are by far the least useful uses of 3D printing, despite what hundreds of YouTube channels might suggest. The technology has quickly become democratized and even reduced to making cheap and cheerful trinkets, but 3D printing could impact certain sectors as strongly as blockchain, the IoT, or even AI – and is far more than just ‘a glue gun on a gantry’ in the words of Formlabs’ Chief Product Officer, Dávid Lakatos.

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