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3D Printing

How 3D printing is transforming the tabletop

PRINT + PLAY

Wargames and RPGs have always had a strong vein of DIY running through them. Both genres essentially rely on an act of creative construction; players take a set of rules and build a game around it. Less prosaically, they glue models together, paint figures and construct scenery, all for the sake of visual spectacle. Much of this involves building stuff from scratch, and dedicated hobbyists have been ingenious when it comes to finding ways to bring their worlds to life. Now, 3D printing has given gamers another avenue to act out their artistic impulses, and more and more are turning their analog hobby digital.

A BRIEF HISTORY

It’s a truism that technological innovations rarely take effect overnight. Rather, it’s a process of refinement, as previous discoveries are made cheaper, more effcient and more mainstream. So it is with 3D printing. To many, 3D printing seems a relatively recent development. In truth, the concept has been around since the 1980s.

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