WEEK 3: 3D PRINTING; EVOLUTIONARY PUBLISHING

As the world we know begins to print and publish content through advanced technological mediums, I am forced to think about all the publishing houses coming to a close, all the book stores shutting down and the employees who (as soon as 10 years from now) may not have a job in a field they have been trained to perform in.

Yes, the evolutionary changes in the technological and digital media industries will be an unfortunate loss for many, but in this case I’m pretty certain the pros outweigh the cons quite significantly.

Haven’t we repeatedly been told to live by the mantra; “when one door closes, another opens.”
And it was John F. Kennedy that once said; “Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
So why are we worried?

As I have previously spoken about, you know that I have come to terms with the fact that e-readers, digital books and online content will be a significant and heavily prevalent part of our future, but what about 3D PRINTING?
The whole concept seems confusing. I have so many questions – how is this physically possible? what is used for? how does it work? what resources are required? how will it help us?

Well, the people at Mashable claim to be the world’s largest independent website dedicated to news, information and resources for the connected generation (that’s me). In particular, Mashable talk all things tech, social media, and internet culture related, so of course I was in the right place and surprise, surprise – I found my answers from another digital publication!

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What I found most fascinating was the replication of organs in the medical field. If 3D printing technology has the ability to save lives, doctors and patients must be ecstatic! With 3D printing on the rise and the technology being used for numerous reasons, such as the building of ten houses in one day in China (a fact which still blows my mind), the benefits must be countless.

Key Benefits of 3D Printing:
– Eliminates the need for tool production and, therefore, the costs, lead times and labour associated with it.
– Allows for mass customization according to individual needs and requirements.
– It is emerging as an energy-efficient technology that can provide environmental benefits.

So why not look to our future. I mean it might be entirely bizzare and the unknown might scare us, but I am sure we will all adapt and adjust as humans are made to do!

References:

http://www.idealog.com/blog/atomization-publishing-as-a-function-rather-than-an-industry/

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/3d-printing-could-herald-new-industrial-revolution-20130428-2ingp.html

http://www.wired.com/2010/09/the-future-of-reading-2

http://mashable.com/

http://3dprintingindustry.com/3d-printing-basics-free-beginners-guide/benefits-commercial-value/

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