Did you know that the technology behind 3D printing dates back to 1986? This infographic shows where this innovative technology came from and how it has gotten to where it is today.

The duo behind Auckland company Critical Pixels do some pretty cool things. They'll make a 3D model of your product idea, create a website or dream up an identity for your brand. But their ultimate goal is to upskill young people and communities with a maker space based on open source technologies and a social enterprise philosophy.

“If you are not using 3D printing for rapid prototyping in manufacturing now, you are making a mistake,” says Gideon Levy, a world expert on additive manufacturing who visited the University of Auckland last week.

Oh, the wondrous things coming off printers these days – houses, bone, and gun parts . See more examples at Mashable. Some gush about 3D printing following the personal computer trajectory.

3D printing offers all sorts of possibilities for creating things, from body parts to guns and even houses. And according to a 3D printing news site, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars (39) from Universe Architecture in has come up with a one-piece building to be constructed using a 3D printer.

The worldwide maker movement is booming with the proliferation of cheap 3D printers, and today we feature some interesting applications for this very modern take on the home workshop.

If can’t bring the latest addition to your family to show the rellies, have junior’s photo printed on a sack of rice and send it to them for a more 3D experience