3D Printing Becoming Available to the Masses

3D Printing Becoming Available to the Masses

The young minds of the world today will be the leaders of tomorrow; and while many have the education they need, many don't have the tools required to utilize their knowledge. As 3D printing continues to make a bigger impact on the world, people are becoming more aware of the benefits and are seeking to utilize 3D printing as a stepping stone to create the next big thing. 3D engineering technology has not always been financially available for many people, especially young adults; however, 2 particular organizations are seeking to provide these people with the technology they need.

One company, Dreambox, is seeking to bring these 3D printing resources directly to the young minds of today. After failure to get the resources to 3D print their project, three Berkeley graduates decided to make 3D printing available to the masses. The 3 graduates are situating 3D-printing vending machines around the UC Berkeley campus for the students to use. Dreambox CEO David Pastewka says "Getting people exposed to 3D printing and what it can do will hopefully encourage people to create their own models and solve their own problems."

As well, the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago has opened up the city's first marker space, which allows the general public to gain access to the latest cutting-edge technologies. With a library card, the public is allowed to gain access to a variety of software and equipment offered by the library. While anyone can use these printers for free, librarians must approve of whatever people wish to design. Despite all the benefits it provides to the public, the library was only given enough grant money to run the lab until the end of the year, and the library will need to evaluate whether the project is financially feasible at the end of the period. Fortunately, the lab has been attracting a lot of attention by the public as teachers, instructors and even business owners have been wanting to get involved with the project.  "When school gets back in, we have a few high school teachers and principals who want to use that space as a hands-on lab for a class," said Andrea Sáenz, First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library.

With 3D printing rapidly advancing to be applicable to many industries such as food and architecture, these resources really have to be made available upon the masses. If 3D engineering technology is available to everyone, it will trigger many many innovative technologies to be discovered.




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