Welcome to the Idea Age

If you're a creative person, someone with ideas, there really has never been a better time to be alive than today.

Ideas can spread across the world instantly, the media has been democratised, we can share our writing or music or videos with a global audience instantaneously, we can set up an online shop in a couple of hours and sell our work internationally.

And now we can take an idea from our imagination and render it in the real world as a 3D object using a desktop 3D printer.

Last week Makerbot, the New York company founded only 3 years ago, released their next generation 3D desktop printer, the Makerbot Replicator 2.

Watch it print a model of a Paris building below:

This is the future of manufacturing - distributed and accessible to all. You can even download free open-sourced 3D designs for objects to print.

And if you like the look of what you've printed at home, you can upload the same design to alibaba.com and get it manufactured in volume in China and shipped to you.

The means of production is finally in our own hands (Marx would be delighted!)

So my question is this:

Is there really any excuse left not to make your ideas happen?

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  • Woah! This is great - I can imagine toys getting delieverd this way for Xmas ... parents in the future will be telling kids Santa will be delivering their lego set via the printer!