With 3-D printing quickly becoming the only way people build items, and industry growth occurring at 400%, Netflix is capitalizing on the craze. The Netflix original documentary, titled "Print the Legend" is going to be released September 26, 2014 with the premier occurring in New York City and Los Angeles. The documentary will also be released and available to all Netflix subscribers simultaneously.
This novel a Netflix original documentary follows the rise of 3-D printing giants and innovators including MakerBot, Formlabs, Stratasys, and 3D Systems. And not only captures the leaps in innovation which brought 3-D printing into the mass consumer domain, but also follows the consequences of widely available 3-D printing.
While 3-D printing has allowed vast improvements in medical care and experimental surgeries in the past couple years, the film also gives an insider view at Cody Wilson, the first to release designs for 3D printed gun online. This move got Cody Wilson named as “one of the most dangerous people in the world" as free and open gun designs and widely available 3D printing allows for just about anyone to make their own deadly weapons.
This film is directed by Luiz Lopez and J. Clay Tweel and produced by Seth Gordon (yep, the same guy that brought us King Kong). The phone has even won a SXSW Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing & Storytelling, so who knows, it may even be worth watching. If nothing else, it's practically free if you're already a Netflix subscriber, so might as well give it a go.
If you want to get pumped, Netflix says recently released a trailer for Print the Legend on YouTube. While the trailer gives no pertinent information, the music and quick cuts are enough to intrigue. All you tinkerers and makers can finally watch a film which fetishes the wonders of 3-D printing as you dance around with various hacked objects (3D printed, obviously).
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