3D printing could start a revolution in home production. It is a low cost means of creating pieces from a variety of materials, including tools, prototypes, replacement parts, sculptures, toys, and much, much more. The 3D printers are small enough and low cost enough that they could wind up becoming commonplace in the home. Using this method of additive manufacturing with a computer, the options for creating new and innovative products from any location are limitless. Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) has used 3D printers since 2004, with interest continuing to increase over the years. This article describes some of the current uses as well as the future of this exciting, growing technology.

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