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3-D printing hits the masses at Hampden's Atomic Books
3-D printing hits the masses at Hampden's Atomic Books

Nolen Strals is holding his head in his hand. It is gold and palm-sized, made of finely ribbed plastic. But there, unmistakably, are Strals' thoughtful brow, the pinch of his nose, smoothly sloped forehead. The bust was not crafted by a sculptor or mass-produced in a factory in China, but issued from a 3-D printer at Atomic Books. The Hampden bookstore recently became among the first places in the area where customers can walk in and get objects printed — sort of a photocopy shop for the 21st century. "It kind of feels like I'm living in the future, like I'm in a Sylvester Stallone movie," says Strals, cofounder of the Post Typography design studio and...

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