3D printing has the potential to revolutionise the way we consume goods. The technology should be able to facilitate low-cost, personal manufacture but complex design software and a lack technical knowledge prevent this from happening. Without the ability to generate or amend digital models it is impossible to reap the benefits offered by 3D printing. The democratisation of design aims to radically reduce the skill level required to design objects through a hybrid approach merging intelligent design tools and innovative user interfaces. This would realise the full potential of 3D printing by permitting the design and manufacture of useful items at the push of a button – revolutionising manufacture through de-skilling without loss of capability.