3D printers can make just about anything these days. Saltshakers shaped like your head. Runway fashion. Custom prosthetics and hearing aids. Dream it, and you can print it. But can 3D printers make jobs?
A small number of startups have put Queens on the map as a potential place for the city’s expanding tech industry. Local advocates and business leaders believe the borough’s immigrant population—combined with affordable real estate and the promise of better amenities—could attract more companies to join its nascent tech scene and generate more jobs.