I visited an art gallery recently. The artist was prolific! So many beautiful pieces surrounded me. Then I heard a sound behind me – a humming and whirling. I stepped closer to investigate. A 3D printer was busily making vases from plastic. Was I watching the artist? Was I watching a machine model and reproduce a software design? Last year in Rotterdam, I saw a “green” exhibition where a 3D printer was busily making dishes from potatoes. This was no KP duty – the printer peeled away the potato skin and spun the fiber into all sorts of dish ware. They looked a bit clumsy and sturdy – but not a good choice for the bridal registry. But these vases – colored plastic as light as air – could be on the gift list. Have I discovered mechanical art with a no-name software artist? Is each piece unique or each piece a clone? I read the novel Makers, by Cory Doctorow (2009), a few years ago and thought 3D printing was so far in the future that the book was science fiction. I could not imagine how the characters could create guns, buildings, etc. using a 3D printer. Now, only 5 years after the book was written, 3D printers are quietly producing the future. 3D printers are revolutionising the medical industry for artificial limbs, synthetic bone implants and even “bio-printing” for organs that significantly reduce costs of medical research and customization for patients. This is amazing and certainly a new industry for the Medical Arts. But the question for me remains…. Looking at this translucent turquoise vase…. Is it art or mass production? Will 3D printers soon hold paint brushes and fetch the big money at Sotheby art auctions in the next century?