This much is certain: The fabricate-at-home future has arrived, and it's here to stay. But just how far affordable 3-D printers and other personal manufacturing devices will take us, and what other devices we should expect to soon change our lives, remain unclear. If anyone has a better sense than most, however, it's Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk.
The $9 billion company made its mark by creating industry-standard design software called AutoCAD. And this month they partnered with MakerBot--creators of the high-res 3-D printer Replicator 2--to capture swelling numbers of potential customers equipped with 3-D printers. We chatted with Bass at the 2013 Kairos Global Summit, held at the New York Stock Exchange, to peer into his crystal ball of home fabrication.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.