The Public Emotions of 3D Printing

By on May 28th, 2013 in coverage


We’ve been covering 3D printing for quite some time now, perhaps six years, and in that time we’ve seen many promising developments and a gradual progression towards a mythical, ultimate personal 3D printer. We’re not close to such a Star Trek-like device by any measure, but progress continues. 
The public, on the other hand, has not been watching 3D printing for very long. It’s only in the past year that the technology has started to reach the general public, who, while they’ve now heard about it, really don’t understand it. 
This lack of understanding manifests itself in knee-jerk reactions to new 3D printing developments. We were particularly concerned about a headline in Desert News for an article about Anjan Contractor’s 3D printed food proposal for NASA. The headline read: 
The future of food? 3D printing moves beyond guns and artwork
Really? That’s all that happens with 3D printing? Disappointing. 
This is a technology that’s been around for decades. 3D printed food experiments have taken place for at least five years. It has been used to prototype many of the things around your house. It’s in airplanes you fly in. It’s even in your mouth if you happen to use Invisalign braces

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. True and those articles are the seed for the hype cycle's Trough of Disillusionment.

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