FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication

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Author: David Schneider
Date: May-June 2006
From: American Scientist(Vol. 94, Issue 3)
Publisher: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Document Type: Book review
Length: 414 words
Lexile Measure: 1480L

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FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. Neil Gershenfeld. Basic Books, $26.

In FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication, MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld points out that not so long ago, digital computers were huge, costly, room-sized contraptions to which only the techno-elite had access. Nowadays, of course, computers of far greater power are found in every college dorm room. Gershenfeld contends that a similar evolution will take place with the high-tech fabrication tools used in industry: computer-controlled milling machines and routers, laser cutters, water-jet cutters, even 3-D printers. Soon, Gershenfeld posits, such...

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