The recent development of 3D printed weapons has caused others to strive for more peaceful uses of the technology.Michigan Technological University, a.k.a, Michigan Tech, has launched a new competition: 3D Printers for Peace.
The contest requires you to design a 3D printable object that is peaceful. Wait, what does that mean? They explain:
We are challenging the 3D printing community to design things that advance the cause of peace. This is an open-ended contest, but if you’d like some ideas, ask yourself what Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, or Ghandi would make if they’d had access to 3D printing.
Ghandi and 3D printing. Hm.
The contest, like most, is judged based on innovation, printability, feasibility, presentation and, of course, peacefulness. It’s open to “anyone in the United States or Canada”, so others will unfortunately be unable to compete for the three prizes: a fully assembled Type A Machines Series 1 3D printer, a RepRap Prusa 3D printer kit and a large pile of 3D printer plastic.
If you have a peacemaking idea on your mind, you’d best prepare a design and send it to Michigan Tech before September 1, when contest entries close.