If you’ve been paying attention to this blog, you’ve noticed that we’ve spent quite a bit of digital ink. Talking about this hot new technology trend called 3D printing. It’s very easy to get excited about this trend. This particular technology can truly revolutionize the world.
Today, if you wanted to hear a piece of music, all you need to do was get an original which presumably you have the legal right to copy and make a copy of it using your computer. It’s quick and easy. The same can apply to any kind of digital file. We’re talking about accounting files, software, movies, whatever digital file you can get your hand on. Now imagine trying to do that with headphones or with a computer mouse. You probably think that that’s impossible. You’d probably think that you’d have to rush out to the store and buy or buy it online. With 3D printing, you can pick an original object and scan it and get an exact copy. Of course, at this stage of 3D printing technology, the only things we can scan are items that don’t have any intricate mechanical parts. In other words, you cannot scan a headphone and print it out and expect it to work. It would look like the original headphone, but it would not have the same function. The same goes with the mouse. However, considering how fast 3D printing is evolving, it’s not inconceivable to print a phone and have that phone work. Imagine printing your own iPhone instead of having to buy an iPhone. 3D printing, if it plays out to its fullest extent, can truly revolutionize the world. instead of having to grow food, you can print your food. Imagine that. It can destroy poverty. It can heal sickness. It can basically change how we look at being rich and being poor in the world. The biggest beneficiaries of 3D printing really are people living in developing parts of the world.
This is really an exciting technology, and we hope that it truly lives up to its fullest potential. We are at the stage where 3D printing technology is reaching a point where it’s starting to get popular. Once it gets that critical mass just like personal computers around 1980, who knows how far this technology will go.