Ok, ok, I’m guilty again, I’ve been caught a few times in my life judging a new technology for what it looks like on the surface or what it might do for me or my friends and customers and yes the latest truly has moved me.
3-D Printers. I’ve been struggling to connect the dots. Is it just a really cool toy? Is there a broad market for the technology? Will it fit into our industry?
I’ve seen some innovative one-off demonstrations showing gadgets being printed, or architectural models, and yes the scary stuff like guns and knives. But I really think I developed tunnel vision with what my eyes were seeing and I shut down my mind to the possibilities concerning 3D printing.
Then it happened and WOW what a wake up call! I realized in an instant I was guilty of not keeping my mind open. I was in the kitchen throwing something together for dinner; the TV was on for static background noise, and BANG a story hits the screen about a local librarian.
He had befriended a gentleman from South America who was in the Boston area being treated for an industrial accident that had dismembered his hand. The librarian downloaded plans for a prosthetic device and, using a 3-D printer and some time, he made his friend a working hand! (you can see the video here)
I stood there for a while quietly absorbing what my eyes and ears had just seen and then the waves hit me, this was not a toy this is technology that can change lives. I was guilty of listening to what everyone else was telling me about the technology and allowing my mind to be closed.
I did a bit of research and stumbled into these 5 facts about 3D printing (via inventionland.com).
The more research I did, the more interesting the facts I uncovered about 3D Printing. It has truly been an eye-wakening experience.
Keep Your Mind Open to the Uses of New Technology!