Week 5 / A Debate About 3-D Printing

The 3D printer has re-entered the struggling printing industry from the inside of the apparatus, transforming the flat print culture of capitalism’s linguistic turn into a culture of things without words.  The invention of such technology raises questions about morality, use, potential, and cost.

The capabilities, firstly, are quite impressive and amazing for the time.  The ability to re-create, or create anew for things such as medical devices, has helped with things that we have otherwise been able to do without in the past.  They are capable of literally making anything, even food.  In lecture, we talked about the ability for it to create working guns, which questioned safety and morality.  3-D printers are not affordable to all, but in my opinion, it should mainly be available to groups of people who need them, such as medical professions, or just people who can afford them for entertainment and convenience purposes.

In terms of food, it would be difficult to justify the safety of it.  Some would argue that it would be unsafe to eat the food, but others may argue against it, and say that food products are used, so it must be safe to consume.  Though 3-D printers are not intended to make food, there may be a creation of it for the future.  An issue of this is will 3-D printers replace human workers as factories have?

– Mikah Al-arfaj

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