5 May, 2013
3D Printing: Endless Possibilities
3D printing is beginning to break through in almost every field imaginable. From Architecture, Medical, Space, Art, Culinary, and Arms fields; some I’m probably even forgetting. 3D printing has made me really interested since I first read about the controversy around the 3D printing of a gun that could shoot at least one round before it broke. Later there were blue prints posted online to a 3D printed pistol that could shoot up to 9 rounds, before the government took the download offline over 100,000 people downloaded these blueprints within’ two days! That’s a lot of downloads in a short time (Matus). Now there are so many other interesting aspects of 3D printing that I am into. 3D printed guns could be dangerous because they aren’t detectable by metal detectors, but you can never have something that is only good, there will be a bad aspect of it somewhere but I believe the good comes much greater with this technology. What interests me most about 3D printing is the medical field, I think it is amazing that we can 3D print new windpipes like what was done for a baby boy from Ohio, which saved his life and can save thousands of other babies that are born like him from now on (MARCHIONE). 3D printing is becoming so large that Staples has become the first major US retailer to sell 3D printers. These printers will be available by the end of June 2013, which is just one month from now (Zimmer). Right as this is happening the company BotObjects has recently unveiled their new full-color 3D desktop printer and it has five color reusable cartridge systems so it’ll be just like replacing your current printers ink color and just like the regular desktop printers went from black and white to color the 3D printing has the ability to print any color you desire now. (Matus, http://inhabitat.com/) More and more companies are popping up in the 3D printing industry and are making their own...
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