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We've had digital revolutions in communications and computation, but not yet fabrication. Computers control machines that make computers, but a 10-billion-dollar chip fab still uses fundamentally analog materials. Biology provides an alternative model based on programmed assembly of molecular building blocks, offering the same kind of reliability thresholds that enable digital communications and computation. I will present research on fundamentally digital fabrication technologies that merge computation with construction, and illustrate their implications in both developed and developing countries through early access to prototype tools for personal fabrication.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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