3D printing, the ability to print three-dimensional objects, is quickly becoming mainstream. This is classic disruptive technology, a new way of doing things that makes current technology obsolete. It will create new industries and eliminate old ones. The trend towards 3D printing cannot be stopped. And it absolutely has a political component, as it can route around government regulations and will undoubtedly make some patent and copyright holders go berserk in attempts to stop it.
My latest IVN article explores the political aspects of 3D printing and lists several fascinating applications in this wide-ranging field (some of which I’ve posted individually about here.)