Monthly Archives: May 2012
3D printing is a hot topic right now especially with reports of this incredible technology entering the consumer marketplace. The prices are dropping as more companies attempt consumer-grade machines and some people are even hoping to have a Star Trek like replicator in their homes sometime in the near future.
While the technology isn’t nearly as versatile or user-friendly as the science fiction dream, the implications include a potentially greener consumer retail market by disrupting supply chains in favour of on-site manufacturing, but with any technology negative effects always balance the scales. The repercussions of 3D printing entering the consumer market could be severe once criminals and anarchists discover their capabilities. 3D printing also includes some potentially bizarre cultural ramifications which could help change the face of the human race that might surprise even the most dedicated transhumanist.
Read about the good, the bad, and the grotesque aspects of 3D printing in an edited version of my trend alert at AlterNet. A less altered version which is closer to my intended article can also be found here.