I just finished watching “Print The Legend” on Netflix. It’s a great documentary for anyone who’s unfamiliar with 3-D printing, such as myself. It looks like 3-D printing is the next biggest technological breakthrough since the personal computer. I had no idea, I had only heard vaguely about it but I would not be surprised if every home was equipped with a computer, a 2-D printer, and a 3-D printer alongside them!
The implications of this technology are astounding. Having the precision and convenience of a piece of hardware that can create virtually any other hardware provided you have the schematics! All things we shop for online and fill our homes with would be able to be printed without going anywhere, if the industry continues to grow at this rate. But what will be interesting to see is the spectrum of hardware 3-D printers will be able to create.
Featured on reddit.com/r/science was an Ask Me Anything from professors at Virginia Tech Macromolecules and Interface Institute who are in the midst of developing new ways to 3-D print. There is talk of printing computer components, making a computer from the software on a computer!
So naturally I have signed up to be trained in creating things with a 3-D printer and how to use thingiverse.com by Makerbot. I can’t wait to understand more about this revolutionary new technology. As an amateur philosopher it is also very fun to imagine a world where everything is created inside the home, from technological things to biological things, we are taking a large step forward with 3-D printing.