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The technological possibilities of 3D printing may provide ideal fodder for the imagination, but that doesn't necessarily make for great drama. The chief accomplishment of "Print the Legend," the lively overview of various leading figures invested in advancing the 3D printer revolution from directors Luis Lopez ("Chevolution") and J. Clay Tweel ("Make Believe"), involves its capacity to do more than just show off the fancy new toys. Instead, "Print the Legend" delves into the industrial challenges facing the printer's development in addition to the numerous personal and professional hurdles that the field has already encountered. In short, it's less a movie about the gadget than the cutthroat business around it. However, the filmmakers expertly illustrate the dazzling possibilities of 3D printing from the swift opening, when a number of visionaries sing the praises of the device's progressive abilities. "If the last evolution was about bits," one inventor says, "this one's about. »
- Eric Kohn
A technology that promises (some would say threatens) to permanently transform our lives and businesses gets compelling behind-the-scenes treatment in “Print the Legend,” Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel’s skillful overview of the major players in the 3D printing industry, the ingenious and highly competitive products they’ve turned out, and the controversy they’ve stirred up vis-a-vis the gun-control debate. Still, as cutting-edge as these innovations may be, the dramatic trajectory here — the initial thrill of a successful collaboration giving way to the forces of hubris, conflict and betrayal — could hardly be more timeless or universally applicable. Reminiscent of such classic studies of geek entrepreneurship as “Startup.com” and “The Social Network,” though it’s ultimately a softer-edged, more optimistic film than either, this well-handled documentary should maximize its modest theatrical potential on the basis of its remarkable access and early-bird take on a fascinating subject.
In covering the technology known as stereolithography, »
- Justin Chang
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