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here Cyberculture icon Stewart Brand’s famous notion that “information wants to be free” has been an almost ubiquitous refrain ever since utopian-minded hackers began populating computer networks in the 1980s. Today, 3-D printing has given the phrase a whole new meaning, allowing raw data to become real-world objects with the click of a button. Started in 1989 by Belgian mechanical engineer Wilfried Vancraen to allow “flexible manufacturing” of precision parts, 3-D printers have evolved significantly over the past 25 years. Since then, nearly everything has been attempted to be built by a 3-D printer — even firearms. On May 11, 2013, Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed printed, assembled, and

successfully fired the Liberator .110, the first fully functional 3-D printed pistol. The plans that Wilson used to print the parts were made available to download for free on the Defense Distributed website. Defense Distributed is a pending non-profit organization that has been using 3-D printing to print accessories for weapons since its inception. So printing a fully functional, all plastic weapon was simply the logical “next step.” And why stop at guns?

It is now possible to print cars using industrial sized 3-D printers using polymers. It’s possible to print human organs, using technology developed by scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, by laying down a synthetic scaffolding coated with the patient’s own cells. Not only does this allow the quick and relatively inexpensive manufacture of fully functional customized organs, but it also ensures the patient’s body does not reject them because they are coated with the patient’s own cells.

Since UWF introduced its 3-D printer in the library’s Skylab, hundreds of models, devices and demonstrations have been printed on it. And UWF archaeologists are using MakerBot 3-D printers to digitize artifacts and bones in their Virtual Bones and Artifacts Lab, Virtebra @ UWF. UWF art students also have access to 3-D printers for their work as well.

While still a novelty, 3-D printing rapidly is becoming mainstream. Nowadays a printer can be purchased for as little as $1,500. Once purchased, all you need is an idea. It could be the next Hot Wheels car, or it could be a new heart valve that could revolutionize medicine.

And that is exactly what the concept of 3-D printing is all about. It’s predictive of the future. No device in history has allowed regular, everyday people to build pretty much whatever they want right in the privacy of their homes, in a space not much bigger than an average-sized kitchen table.

To find out more about 3-D printing at UWF, including prices and to see a time-lapse video of it in action, visit this page on the library’s website.