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Print the Legend (2014)

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Follows the people racing to bring the hot new 3D printing technology to your home, documenting the "Macintosh Moment" of this revolution and exploring what it takes to live the American Dream.

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Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel (as J. Clay Tweel)
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Credited cast:
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson ... Himself
Bruce Bradshaw Bruce Bradshaw ... Himself
Craig Broady Craig Broady ... Himself
Bill Buel Bill Buel ... Himself
Michael Calore Michael Calore ... Himself
Nadia Cheng Nadia Cheng ... Herself
Alan Cramer Alan Cramer ... Himself
David Cranor David Cranor ... Himself
Michael Curry Michael Curry ... Himself
Malo Delarue Malo Delarue ... Himself
Brad Feld Brad Feld ... Himself
Ian Ferguson Ian Ferguson ... Himself
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai ... Himself
Martin Galese Martin Galese ... Himself
Matt Griffin Matt Griffin ... Himself
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Follows the people racing to bring the hot new 3D printing technology to your home, documenting the "Macintosh Moment" of this revolution and exploring what it takes to live the American Dream.

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The 3D printing revolution has begun. Who will make it?


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Print the Legend (La revolución en 3D) See more »

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Technological Revolution, meet Human Condition
27 April 2016 | by linkogeckoSee all my reviews

"Print the Legend" may, on the surface, seem like a dry documentary about technology and innovators using buzzwords to talk about utopic futures. Instead, it is a truly fascinating film that takes a step back from the programming of 1s and 0s to focus instead on the results of that "programming" of neurochemicals, nature and nurture that give shape to our human behavior. The documentary starts around the time MakerBot (presented in the film as the first 3D-printer company to focus on consumer rather than industrial products, to become well-known) is starting to fill its niche and make a name for itself. Shortly after we are introduced to Formlabs, another 3D-printer company presented in the documentary not too long after its founding. Personalities from both companies as well as elsewhere in the technology and 3D-printing spheres talk about an upcoming "technological revolution", based on 3D-printers potentially becoming a household item, as a future reality that will come smoothly. About 30 minutes into the film, jealousy, interpersonal tensions, ambition, resentment, greed, fame, all start to take hold of some of these initially-idealistic entrepreneurs and make it clear that the coming of this revolution will be anything but smooth.

The documentary does not veer into melodramatic territory however, as the emotional moments are balanced with actual discussions about the technology and its potential impact. In fact, one of its most interesting thread-lines is based on Cody Wilson, an anarcho-activist with an ideal for a world in which 3D-printed deadly weapons are accessible to anyone, and the reactions of the industry and authorities to such a radical concept. The film likewise benefits from very fortunate timing as showing Formlabs's relative "infancy", MakerBot's "teen and early adult" years and the "middle-age" of older, established industrial-3D-printing companies like 3DSystems and Stratasys (now wanting to enter the consumer-level market too) allows us to compare how the companies and personalities that form them change with their personal aging as well as the fast aging of the market and technology. One particularly notable case is MakerBot's definition period resulting in a shift from its early ideal of open-source engineering (in which anyone can collaborate in hopes of making a better product rather than in hopes of monetary gain) to the closed-source version of it (in which work is traded for a salary and the ultimate goal is for the company to make profits, better products along with copyright and intellectual property-based incomes, being only means to that end). This contrasted to 3DSystems's supposed shift away from taking legal action for the use of their IPs in search of a freer environment for development of the industry and products (a shift that by the end of the documentary seems to have had more ideological than practical results).

Altogether, I found "Print the Legend" to be more surprising and interesting than expected, although dragged down a bit by its edition, mostly in the form of a somewhat overlong runtime. The film brings to mind other historical cases of emotional, human actions perhaps getting in the way of technological progress (and perhaps fueling them a bit too), like the now famous rivalries of Tesla/Edison, or Jobs/Gates, in the progress showing how the human condition is so incongruous. It is completely human to be emotional and illogical, to put personal ambitions before "greater good"s; it's also completely human to believe in the greater good, to have ideals and to want to make a better world; but perhaps there is nothing more completely human than drawing a blank when trying to come up with ways to reconcile these two sides, specially without losing even a bit of what makes us human in the way.


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