It has been hailed as a key element of a new industrial revolution, and is capable of producing objects of practically any shape - and last week 3D printing came to Milton Keynes.
The latest advanced printers were on display at The National Museum of Computing as part of the Summer Bytes programme of events, and visitors were able to try their hand at designing and printing objects themselves.
With the price of the printers falling, they are becoming ever more accessible, and made quite an impression at the centre.
“Model makers, jewellery designers and hobbyists are using 3D printers to make personalised, bespoke items now that costs of 3D printers are falling,” said Mark Debham, from Triformica.
“I think the next big breakthrough will be in the materials that can be used to print objects.”
“The 3D Printing events at TNMOC were extremely popular both with our corporate visitors and our general public visitors,” Andrew Spencer, events manager at TNMOC added.
“They were able to see multi-coloured pens being printed on a very advanced machine and on the lower cost models we were printing things like small chess pieces like castles with incredible detail including internal staircases.”