Print the Legend: the first documentary on 3D Printing
The documentary Print the Legend premiered just last week at SXSW in Austin. It is set to be the first non-YouTube documentary that focuses on the rise of the 3D Printing community and the stories we’ve come to read almost weekly that go with it.
The documentary focuses on bringing famous “makers” of the “next industrial revolution” to the screen. If you went to premiere in Austin, please feel free to share your opinion about it. For those (like us) who weren’t there, here are the trailer and a short statements of the directors:
When we began to film PRINT THE LEGEND, all we knew was that we were entering
the “Macintosh Moment” of an exciting technology, the time when 3D Printing was
shifting from an industrial process to one you could do at home. We knew this held
untold promise for future innovation. We knew we were making a time capsule of a
What we did not know was that the astoundingly hardworking entrepreneurs who were
chasing their dreams in this Wild West marketplace were going to teach us lessons
about a story we’ve all been told a thousand times: the myth of the American Dream.
We did not know we’d learn that what we ask of our business heroes is like what we ask
of our politicians or professional athletes: tremendous self-sacrifice that selects out for
all but the most obsessive, the most competitive, the most willing to achieve at all cost.
The people in PRINT THE LEGEND are benefitting and challenging us all because they
are achieving things that will shape our future in powerful ways. Some of them have
lived and will live the American Dream. But at what cost? What do we ask of them?
What do they ask of themselves?
3D Printing will one day give us the power to make almost anything, but to handle that
power responsibly, we must start by asking how we want to make ourselves. PRINT
THE LEGEND seeks to ask those questions through compelling human stories
unfolding in the birth of a disruptive technology.
– Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel, Directors
Steven Klein, Producer