There has been a bit of a stir in our industry lately. On February 12, 2011, the world known international affairs publication, The Economist, released an entire issue on 3D printing. This is the first big cover story for 3D printing, and some would say that it is ushering in an era where 3D printing begins to go mainstream. Check out the entire article. It gives a nice history of 3D printing and also offers an opinion on the effects of the soon to come widespread adoption of 3D printing.
One of the articles to check out is The printed world: Three-dimensional printing from digital designs will transform manufacturing and allow more people to start making things.