I heard a fascinating program on NPR this morning. The program came courtesy of American Public Media. The guest was Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder and co-director of Harvard’s Beckman Center for Internet and Society. He talked about a future where rather than drive to the hardware store you could just print out whatever tool or part you might need for a project. In the interview he talks about printing a bicycle (all plastic) as individual parts, assembling it and riding it!! Isn’t that fascinating?
There are obviously some limitations on what can be printed today, but just the possibility of being able to print a 3D object is fascinating in itself. There are challenges around maintaining Intellectual Property rights and other similar issues that Jonathan addresses, but just imagining a not too distant future of being able to print objects that you can touch and feel and use in daily life is amazing.
Imagine for a second that you order a custom pizza or some exotic dish and you take delivery at the printer!! Wouldn’t this be an awesome boon for those hungry college going students? Mommy, can you send me that awesome pie please? Sure dear, I just sent it to your printer. Yum!!
Love that, Ram