3D printing has certainly come a long way since its inception some years back, and MIT’s Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have brought the idea of 3D printing to the portable realm with the creation of PopFab – a briefcase-sized 3D printer, which also doubles up as a CNC milling machine, vinyl cutter, and programmable drawing tool. Specially designed to cater for a more freelance and nomadic lifestyle, PopFab will enable those who have plenty of creative juices flowing through them to carry the tools of their trade wherever they go.

In a nutshell, you can call the PopFab a multi-tool for the 21st century. In order to achieve all that it is capable of, a computer-controlled motion platform functions as a means to attach different kinds of toolheads as well. I wonder whether anyone would print out firearms that look so real with the PopFab. What would you do if you had a PopFab in your hands? Would your imagination and capability be able to coax the best out of the PopFab?

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