Thing-o-Matic. It is, you’d have to admit, a pretty good name, writes Edwin Heathcote. It sounds like something Wile E. Coyote might attempt to clobber Road Runner with. Or perhaps some device from Dr Seuss.
The technology is also, now, beginning to have an impact on the final product. Young designers who have grown up with the technology are beginning to use it directly not just to prototype but to manufacture.