2016 was a great year for digital fabrication, with machines becoming smaller, cheaper and easier to use; technologies many of us could never dream of affording are starting to come within reach. Who'd have thought we'd ever see a desktop vacuum forming machine like the FormBox?
Perhaps the most eye-popping--or teeth-correcting--digital fabrication story of the year was this one: New Jersey Institute of Technology design student Amos Dudley made a casting of his own teeth, 3D printed his own plastic braces and corrected his misaligned dentition!
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One of the digital fabrication stories that we thought would be in the news this year, but which sadly was not, was the Glowforge laser cutter we wrote up in 2015. Despite racking up $28 million in crowdfunding over a year ago, the machine has yet to ship. Just a reminder that crowdfunding and attempting to mass produce new technologies is still a risky business.