The cutting edge of digital fabrication fills the Museum of Art and Design

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credit: Lloyd Alter

3D printing is all the rage these days, but in fact there are a number of technologies that produce 3D objects directly from computer designs, including the additive fabricating that is known as 3D printing, CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling and cutting that has been around for a couple of decades, and digital knitting, which is hardly 3D printing but hey, it's a bandwagon.

New York's Museum of Art and Design brings together three floors full of the stuff:

Out of Hand examines this phenomenon as a global interdisciplinary trend. New levels of expression-made possible by computer-assisted production demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between art and innovation through the lens of emerging 21st century aesthetics.

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