Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Innovations in 3D printing . . .

I continue to be fascinated by the rapid advances in 3D printing that I shared here and in this post by our high school robotics teacher about the 3D printer in his classroom.  Since then I continue to see new advancements and projections for how this technology will change lives in the future.  I found a link to the video below in a post by Ian Jukes.

Beyond an initial novelty, 3D printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based. From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world.

The video discusses the potential impact that 3D printing will have on the economy, on customization  and on copyright issues.  How about building replacement organs out of living cells or printing your next meal?  The technology is already being used to print concrete for repairing coral reefs and for lab-made rat kidneys.  Technology is changing the way we interact with each other and with the world we share and this one is opening new and potentially disrupting possibilities.

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