Again this was a fun week, and everyone seemed to be on the same page. 3D printing does have a place in the classroom, and it could be a benefit for students to see and use the technology. Margaret’s blog had predictions for life changing events in 50 to 70 years. I don’t have to worry about that, but I do have to worry about the benefits I could lose if don’t have one.
Really I just want one to have, who wouldn’t want to print them selves as a superhero, and if you say you wouldn’t, I’d say liar! In the May 2015 issue of the Smithsonian, it is titled The Future is Here: Why You Should Be Excited About The Next Decade. In the article there is a lot of discussion on 3D printing and the medical field. One layout is called Building the New You and id discusses everything being printed today from bone pieces, skin, blood vessels, and in the future, organs. The biggest pro it had was for bone. If a patient needed bone for a transplant, there are two options, your own or a donor. With a donor bone piece, there is always a chance for rejection, and I know this personally because I have donor bone in one of my feet. The cocktail of meds you have to take is crazy. The beauty of a printed bone is no worry of rejection; you use your own cells.
The point of this is kids are going to have to have an understanding of this for science to advance in the future. I think having them use a printer in the school for small projects like dioramas, maker projects, social study projects, artifact study, and science projects will put them on the right track for a future in the printing field.
I don’t think we ever have to worry about car companies going out of business because of printers, or housing developments being printed instead of built, but we do need to think about how it will affect business in the future. Being able to create your own prototype instead of paying for it will save thousands prior to production. This is going to be a big deal.
Soon enough prices will really drop, it will become economic for everyone to have one, and for kids to use their imagination again to create something out of nothing. And hay, there is nothing like a bonbon to start the day, so let me print one real quick and we’re off!