CBC Covers 3D Printing

By on January 8th, 2009 in blog


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s government-owned media network, recently posted an article introducing the 3D Printing concept to its readers (mainly Canadians, we suppose.)

This continues a trend of mainstream media gradually bumping into our tech space, and relating it to the public. The highlights of this article:

  • The inevitable comparison of the technology to Star Trek: “Tea, Earl Grey, hot!”
  • Claims that “virtually every industry that needs to create prototypes of product models — from toy and hairbrush makers to toaster and cellphone designers — is using them.”
  • Lists the numerous benefits of using 3D printers for manufacturing and design work.
  • Building anticipation for Desktop Factory’s inexpensive printer.
  • Explanation of media cost as an obstacle for progress.
  • Quote of the article: “It eliminates all the artistic labour in making the model”

We beg to differ on that last one. There is artistic work involved – but it is being done by the operator of the modeling software, not someone with balsa wood and an exacto knife. 


By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

1 comment

  1. Thanks for begging to differ on the last one. There is actually a lot of artistic work involved. As you mentioned, the whole artistic majority lies in the modeling software. The artist isn’t called carpenter or sculptor. He/She is called creative coder.

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