May 2, 2014

Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with companies developing innovative technology and creative design that have wowed the whole world. A new book from German publisher Gestalten, titled 'Printing Things: Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing' is an inspirational exploration of the creative potential of 3D printing.

The editorial team behind Printing Things, include C. Warnier, D. Verbruggen of Unfold, S. Ehmann, R. Klanten, has worked hard over the last several months to compile this book that introduces outstanding projects, key experts, and the newest technologies in the 3D printing world.

Unlike other 3D printing books that focus on the technology itself, Printing Things emphasizes on the creative potential of 3D printing. The book features over 100 projects from various artists, designers and makers exploring a new wave of creative 3d printing applications facilitated by the unprecedented lowering of barriers into production. Together with an understandable technical introduction into 3D-printing, the team has written eight key essays that delve into the complex topics that these paradigm-shifting technologies bring up: Empowerment, The Right to Copy, Interface and Interact, Body Topology, The Aesthetics of Complexity, Building Blocks, Exploring Machines and Materials & Crafting New Industries.

Printing Things aims to inspire curiosity and understanding in general public and new generations of designers to motivate them to start exploring the huge potential this technology provides.

The book can be purchased here on Gestalten's online shop and is also available in German language edition.

More About This Book

Designers, trendscouts, scientists, and companies all agree—the golden age of 3D printing has now begun. In all likelihood, this development represents the largest technical upheaval in manufacturing since the invention of the lathe.

3D printing results in complex, three-dimensional objects that are built in layers out of liquids or powder. Given current advancements, 3D printers will soon be found in more and more workshops, offices, and homes. With them, we will be able to print out jewelry, small pieces of furniture, prototypes, replacement parts, or even food at any time. In the near future, if we forget our toothbrush on a trip, we can simply print out a new one in our hotel room.

As these production processes become reality, completely new visual languages and business models must develop along with them. Forms and constructions that were previously impossible to achieve with traditional methods can already be printed out.

Printing Things offers both professionals and interested laypersons an introduction into the paradigm-shifting topic of 3D printing. The book not only provides a useful overview of machines, tools, and processes, but also showcases trendsetting designers and their projects.

Sharing a love of technology and experimentation, a new generation of designers and creative outsiders can hardly wait to explore the potentials and boundaries of 3D printing. The race is on for anyone to come up with the services and products that will best appeal to a mass market with a growing sensibility for design. Against this background, Printing Things is an essential guidebook for today and tomorrow's cutting-edge design professionals, tinkerers, and companies.

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