Introduction: 3D Printing and the Future of Digital Fabrication (01:43)
We buy most of the things we need, but digital fabrication is changing that, and changing our economic structure with it.
Makers' Convention (01:58)
People who digitally make their own things gather in San Mateo, CA. Digitalization will create a shift in our economy. A boy demonstrates his Rubik's Cube solving robot.
Makers' Movement (02:53)
An expert talks about the makers' movement. At a makers' convention, see a pancake-making robot and a drone battle.
Ikea Effect (01:10)
Research shows that there is greater satisfaction in making something than buying it.
Zero Marginal Cost (01:34)
Economists assumed the Internet's zero marginal cost phenomenon would exist only in the world of bits; 3-D printing shows otherwise.
MIT researches digital fabrication at the Center for Bits and Atoms. A researcher talks about how expenses have declined.
Digital Fabrication Machines (01:26)
The 3-D printer is only the beginning of digital fabrication; see other machines at MIT.
Widespread Use (01:45)
Digital fabrication allows personalized production. Soon, such equipment will be widespread.
Manufacturing Electronics (02:54)
Ayah Bdeir founded Littlebits to enable people to manufacture their own electronics.
Human Nature (00:58)
The human drive to make things is deep-rooted; humans shape their environments. A makers' movement advocate believes expressing ourselves by selecting products is unnatural.
Future Business Models (03:01)
Digital fabrication threatens the mass production model. Shapeways provides material and makes items to order.
A designer created 3D printed puzzle pieces from which to assemble a chair.
Future Economy (02:03)
An expert argues that digital fabrication democratizes production. A digital manufacturer envisions a future of production for local markets.
Consuming What We Produce (01:02)
A man ridicules the modern economy where we produce things so we can buy other things, envisioning a future where we create what we consume.
Genetic Engineering for Masses (02:38)
At a do-it-yourself bio lab, people can genetically engineer living material.
Cheap Genetic Engineering (01:55)
Techniques like DNA sequencing have become cheap. A genetic engineering lab open to customers uses cheap products. The owner talks about her types of customers.
Spreading Knowledge (02:26)
The owner of a do-it-yourself genetic engineering shop hopes to help the public understand genetic engineering directly.
Concerns about Digital Fabrication (03:20)
Supporters address concerns that things will go wrong with digital fabrication and do-it-yourself genetic engineering.
NASA seeks out new technologies in the maker movement, offering prizes.
Chess Playing Robot (00:55)
A man demonstrates his chess playing robot.
Cutting Edge Printer (02:59)
An advanced printer uses robot arms, so that construction is not limited by the size of the printer. He plans to create a bridge that builds itself.
Return to Past (02:13)
The Makers' Movement returns us to the past, producing locally what we consumed. Gandhi understood that mass production benefited the few at the expense of the many.
Credits: Making the Future: 3D Printing and the Future of Digital Fabrication (00:30)
Credits: Making the Future: 3D Printing and the Future of Digital Fabrication
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