10 Issues With 3D Printing, 3D Printed Guns and 3D Printing Hype

As with any new technology, it’s easy to get swept up in the benefits of 3D printing. But 3D printers are still potentially hazardous, wasteful machines, and their societal, political, economic, and environmental impacts have not yet been studied extensively.

A list of 10 things you need to know about the dangers and potentially negative impacts of 3D printers…

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It’s a controversial issue, and activists are using a tool which sprung from the 3D printed gun movement to draw attention to their stance on gun rights.

Activists ‘3D Print’ a Gun In Front of the Texas State Capitol as a Form of Protest
Visit: http://3dprint.com/37168/ghost-gunner-texas-open-carry/

Because of rapid advances in 3D printing, the world is plunging towards ethical and political controversy fuelled by the use of the technology to generate living human tissue and organs.

“The day when 3D-bioprinted human organs are readily available is drawing closer, and will result in a complex debate involving a great many political, moral and financial interests,” Basiliere said in a statement.

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3D PRINTING – HYPE VS REALITY?

Additive Manufacturing Consultant Todd Grimm discusses the future of the 3D printing industry. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)