An Internet of Custom-Made Things: From 3D Printing and Personal Fabrication to Personal Design of Interactive Devices

  • Jan Borchers
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7977)


In the homes of bleeding-edge tinkerers around the world, a revolution is happening that, as many predict, will overshadow the PC and internet revolutions that began with home computers in the 70’s: Personal Fabrication. Sub-$1000 3D printers are a reality, and other computer-controlled digital fabrication tools such as lasercutters are close behind. Research labs are printing anything from molecules to entire houses, and Fab Labs around the world are introducing the public to the possibilities and dangers of this new era in production.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Borchers
    • 1
  1. 1.Media Computing GroupRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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