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Harvard Business Review states that 3D Print technology will change the world. Why is this process so different from any other technological process?

3D printing as we first knew it first appeared in the late 1980's and was called Rapid Prototyping, by the inventor S. Scott Crump who later turned his idea into the 3D printing company today known as Stratasys. This process has also been called additive sculpting or manufacturing and stereolithography, more complicated terms for similar technologies created at the same time by Charles Hull the founder of 3D Systems. This technology is not simply for modeling and prototyping things we know and understand. This application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes has allowed human beings to see and create new things both living and mechanical that we were not previously able see, make or understand how they functioned such as human organs.

No longer science fiction, 3D Printing is a reality that it is appearing everywhere and being used to explore the world anew. Not bound by dimension or material, we are beginning to see inventive and dynamic new methods of creating things that are strange and familiar. These engineers and artists who first recognized the possibilities that 3D Printing would enable a way of thinking much closer to the reality of life forms.

The immediate social impact of 3D Printing alone has had a remarkable impact upon those whose nonfunctioning body parts impede their lives. There is not an arena that has been left untouched by the impact of 3D printing. Unfortunately, most news surrounding 3D printing has been focused on rather mundane objects like a working gun or replacing broken parts, but what has not been discussed is the printing of things not thought possible before, such as functioning human organs from your own cells or how this technology changes the way in which human beings think creatively. The impact of 3D printing on various fields of study expands daily. 3D printing is different from other forms of knowledge in that it allows not only for discovery of things long past as in its use in archaeology, but it has the potential to solve major issues in our lives, such as building no waste environmentally friendly homes, replacing damaged coral reefs, mass producing customized products, exploring other planets, replacing living body parts, or creating unique sculptural forms or new musical instruments that one could only imagine prior to the invention and expansion of 3D printer processes.

What we will be examining is the impact of 3D print technology on the human mind as it endeavors to meet future challenges in the Fine arts and sciences. Come and discuss the future with these speakers for this 37th Brown Symposium, What Things May Come; 3D Printing in the Fine Arts and sciences.