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3D print goes mainstream
Virgina Tech University has launched the “DreamVendor”, an interactive 3D printing station. Users simply need to bring a SD-media card containing the data for the 3D print out to the self-serve shop.
Why it matters
3D printing has featured in the news considerably in the past year, but it’s often considered as a tool that DIY-geeks, scientists or designers would have access to. This will change dramatically with 3D print shops popping up soon. To which extent will retail and production merge? And how will brands deal with this legally - now that even any solid object can be copied?
In the context of a well-know German literature award, the city of Klagenfurt was converted into a virtual library featuring great pieces of literature. Seventy QR code stickers were placed all over the city. Passers-by could then scan the code to download full eBooks to their smartphones.
Coca-Cola and WWF have put up a 60 X 60 foot billboard in Manila. The message? “This billboard absorbs air pollutants”. It’s made of thousands of Fukien tea plants surrounding the iconic shape of a Coke bottle.