:to cause (words, images, etc.) to appear on paper or cloth by using a machine (called a printer)
:to use a machine (called a printing press) to produce (books, newspapers, magazines, etc.)
:to include (something) in a book, newspaper, magazine, etc.
Printing history goes back to the day when creating a print meant creating a stamp and using dyes to make a duplicate of the inverse image onto a tablet, paper, or cloth. As demonstrated by the Merriam-Webster definition above, the concept of printing is still more or less the same as what it was in early civilizations before – to create a duplicate of images or text onto paper or cloth. I say more or less because modern advancements in technology are revising what it means to print. Duplicating images is no longer limited to a two dimensional form of media. Printers are now able to duplicate in three dimensional form; and with a little trial and error, these objects can actually be used. Applications of the 3D printer have been used in fashion, automobiles, construction, electric design, firearms, medical design, computers, and NASA designs.
Current research and advances in 3D printing technology provide us with more possibilities for products and how they are used in all walks of life. One of the most recent developments was in Italy where affordable houses are being printed from mud. Pop up books now have a new meaning with three dimensional printing – the blind have an opportunity to feel the story where before stories were read through braille. With this kind of inspiration, 3D printing is not becoming just a means for creating products, but is also becoming a means for creating social change.
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