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September 16, 2017 - April 6, 2018

From amateur enthusiasts to industrial innovators, 3D printing technology has exploded worldwide—enabling designers and engineers across the globe to reimagine their work and bring new ideas to life.

3D Printing the Future tells the extraordinary story behind the 3D printing craze, showcasing the power of the human imagination through technological advancement. Get up-close-and-personal with one of several 3D printers actively printing objects, explore an artistic display of hundreds of locally-made pieces, or discover the impact that 3D printing has had on human life through medical advancements. This limited-engagement special gallery will inspire and delight visitors of all ages, leaving you with just one question: if YOU had a 3D printer, what dream would you bring to life?

The Franklin Institute is teaming up with our friends at MakerBot to present the first ever Make-a-Thon

View Photos from 3D Printing the Future 

Check out Upcoming 3D Printing Workshops at Tech Studio

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Map of the third floor, showing the locations of major, permanent exhibits.
Map of the third floor, showing the locations of major, permanent exhibits.