Now, we exist in an interesting time, where the technology is accessible to everyday people. This technology is being used to create unique crafts on a small scale – a convergence of the past two production methods.
More importantly though, is the ability to modify crafts created by others. The remediation of a piece, and its subsequent message, allows for layering of new meanings and messages, all building upon the context of the original.
3D printing is a perfect example of this remix culture phenomenon – schematics for designs are uploaded by users online, and edited or built upon by other users, who in turn upload these designs. Designs can be repurposed and applied to different projects than the original creator could’ve imagined – all possible because of the open, sharable medium of 3D model files, which encouraged the growth of the collaborative community existing today.
The existence of this 3D printing network as a medium of expression suggests that society is moving towards a convergent future, possibly where almost everything will be available for adapting or remixing.
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