Saturday, July 13, 2013

Digital Manufacturing Continues Its Quiet March Towards Revolution

Quartz has a great piece describing some advancements in 3D printing's less-visible sister technology, CNC milling:


This is clearly a great new tweak to the technology. Much of the coverage about digital manufacturing (of which CNC milling and 3D printing are component technologies) focuses on the economic logic of crashing production costs to near-zero and the impact on society. Total democratic access to the tools of production is seen as the next logical step after the internet opened up near-free access to information and communication capacity. The whole thing has got a real juicy Marxist flavor to it.

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