3D printing was on our Things to Watch list for 2011, and while much of the focus
has been on the technology’s ability to change manufacturing, it has the potential
to impact many categories, from medicine to food. This technology (along with
accessories like 3D scanners) and its promise were a part of both the discussion and
the displays at SXSW.
Oreo’s 3D-printed cookies showcased the types of
customization that can come with this technology. A Shapeways 3D scan of a person during one