The price of enterprise-class 3D printers is now under $2,000. Maybe it’s time we started thinking about some of the potential uses of 3D printing in community engagement?
The opportunities for this technology to support small creative enterprises is tremendous. The next surge in manufacturing jobs may just be in manufacturing customized products one at a time. Knowledge sharing will also benefit, as tangible objects of all types will be created to make learning (including applied learning) just a little more real.
Spend a few minutes with this PBS video called, Will 3D Printing Change the World?” You’ll probably think of many, many more community-centered applications for 3D printing.