In my role as a member of the Emerging Technologies Committee of EDUCAUSE, I've just posted a whitepaper 3D Printing: Making the Virtual Real.
As the epigraph for this paper, I chose a quote from one of my top-ten articles of all time:
The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.
- Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, 1945
If you've never read this article, stop what you're doing and read it now. Don't waste your time reading what I've wrote if you haven't read As We May Think! Then if you still want to read my paper on 3D Printing, be my guest...