At 3D Systems, Avi Reichental is helping to imagine a future where 3D scanning-and-printing is an everyday act, and food, clothing, objects are routinely output at home.

Why you should listen

Avi Reichental is the CEO of 3D Systems, which has been a major force in the field of rapid prototyping, turning a design from a CAD file into a solid object. But now, he's thinking about the idea of a 3D printer in every house. It's coming, he says, and we should think about what our lives will be like when we can design everything in our lives, then make it.
Lately, he's been demo-ing the Cube, a tabletop 3D printer that can print a basketball-sized object, and the ChefJet, a food-grade machine that prints in sugar and chocolate (see Time’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014). His company is also rolling out consumer-grade 3D scanning cameras that clip to a tablet to capture three-dimensional objects for printing out later. He's an instructor at Singularity University (watch his 4-minute intro to 3D printing).

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"The Things We Make " (1:40)

"In Her Own Words: Amanda Boxtel and the 3D Printed Exoskeleton " (2:30)

Avi Reichental’s TED talk