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Eight-year-old maker Purple Oranji turns Adafruit NeoPixel goggles into a pair of 3D printed Spectrespecs, the zany light-up shades featured in the Harry Potter movies. This weekend project is the perfect way to show your kids that a 3D printer is just as extraordinary as a magic wand.
What many people don't actually know is that 3D printing is not a new technology. In fact, the first-ever patent for 3D printing was successfully issued in 1986. Let's take a closer look at the history of 3D printing and how it all came about.