There Is No Reason For Any Individual To Have a 3D Printer In Their Home http://t.co/8cUsKHmo by @rezendi — TechCrunch (@TechCrunch)
I remember when my stepfather bought our family’s first home computer (Commodore VIC-20) in 1982 at a mall in Oklahoma City, on the eve of my moving into the dorms at the University of Oklahoma. To say I was frustrated and jealous is an understatement. Most of our friends and family didn’t get
it at the time. When I visited with the family I loved to type in one of the BASIC programs from one of the periodicals of the day. People other than my stepfather and brother were unimpressed with the results and questioned the practicality of having a computer in one’s home. As I type this on my soon-to-be-abandoned Samsung Epic 4G smartphone – so much more powerful & capable than that Commodore of three decades ago, I think it strange that some one might not see that it might have home utility.
Right now, I can see it as “Play-doh” for adults and creative types. Instead of clay and a kiln I might get a 3D printer. If I were an aspiring stage or set designer, why not play with a 3D printer? Teachers could make replicas of objects not otherwise possible for students to handle and manipilate. The practicality of a 3D printer will evolve over time.
The pen seems like such a mundane tool but look what it can do, beyond just applying ink when you sign your credit card slips. Monks and scribes have been proving that for centuries. Perhaps there were skeptics then who thought the ink and a quill was just a silly waste of time…