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The article reports that 3D printing has changed the way how designers solve problems and execute designs for entertainment industry. 3D printing was first developed in the 1980s by engineers as a means of rapid prototyping. The technology is getting into educational institutions. Costume designers can take advantage of 3D printing to help enhance customization.
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.