Publishing platform Blurb has partnered with design blog Dezeen to create Print Shift, an experimental magazine about 3D printing that is made to order for every reader, individually.
The 60-page, advert-free publication will cost £8.95 and, thanks to its transient nature, the creators have absolutely no idea how big any given production run is going to be.
It is available from the Blurb online bookstore from Tuesday.
“It is no longer about start ups and transformative production methods, it’s part of the landscape of several industries,” Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief at Dezeen, told TechWeekEurope.
Print Shift is among the first publications dedicated to the exciting world of 3D printing, and it uses a publishing model very appropriate to its topic. Blurb’s print-on-demand technology has enabled Dezeen to produce a magazine without concern for minimum order requirements, lead times and upfront costs.
According to experts at Dezeen, very soon 3D printers will learn to successfully combine plastics and metals, and even produce “gradient” materials that, like human bones, have different properties in different sections of the printed part. Scanning and digital archiving of physical objects is also set to become a huge business.
However, there’s also a darker side to this technology: last year, US law student Cody Wilson and his non-profit Defense Distributed made headlines for sharing blueprints for 3D printed gun parts online. Last month, the same organisation announced it was working on a search engine dedicated to copyright-free 3D blueprints.
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