The North Mississippi Software Developer’s Group met this week for an introduction to 3D printing. Zack Watts, Director of Software Development at FNC’s MortgageTrade division, led a talk about the software and hardware used in 3D printing. He even had a 3D printer on hand and printed off three items (a little cup, a cute octopus, and what tech meetup would be complete without a cute Cthulhu miniature?) while discussing the technology, software, file formats, and programming applications used in 3D printing. The technology is really fascinating. The quality at the hobby/consumer level is still a little rustic, but you can see the possibilities down the road and imagine what high-end 3D printers can already do. Zack shared a number of online 3D printing services like Shapeways, which lets users upload custom designs, then fabricates and ships items anywhere. It was a very engaging discussion for all.