Imagine taking smartphone photos of a statue you admire in a museum or ones of an expensive candelabra in an auction room, then going home and making an exact replica of what you saw and recorded.

After watching a 3D printing demonstration by Autodesk and trying their free consumer-focused software, released on Monday, I am beginning to think this is almost possible and that my life of failure in the plastic arts and any kind of craftsmanship may soon be a thing of the past. Read more