The article informs that the periodical has partnered with Framer to try and understand how designers use prototyping in interaction design projects and help them to compile a free to access report. It mentions that the partnership help give a proper understanding of whether prototyping is growing within interaction design and able to look in detail at whether prototyping helps to communicate ideas both within organisations and to clients as well as if it improves outcomes for customers.
The article discusses 3D (three-dimensional) printing and rapid prototyping machines. The author gives an overview of 3D printing companies and suggests that many low-cost 3D printing machines have been developed, including the Makerbot Cupcake CNC printer from Makerbot Industries LLC. Other topics addressed include Fused Disposition Modeling (FDM) technology used by 3D printers, the STL file format used by 3D printers, and options of assembly kits or preassembled 3D printers.