I just read a story on Techcrunch about a dog with deformed front legs that was able to run again due to 3D printing. This particular dog was lucky enough to be adopted by someone who works for a company called 3DSystems. She, as well as a couple of designers and an animal orthotist, helped to create these prosthetic cradles and now this dog is off and running.
How phenomenal is that?
As much as this fills my heart with s’mores-style ooey-gooey goodness, I can’t help but think of all the people who are worried about copyright infringement when it comes to something that can help so many lives. As soon as an awesome technology emerges, there are people who are only concerned with controlling and profiting from it. That seems to be in direct conflict with progress, no?
Imagine what we could do with 3D printing. Prototypes can be created in days instead of months and years. People don’t need industries to charge crazy prices for something they can simply print themselves as long as they have the design.
You might be thinking this could kill many industries, and you know what, you’re right. But it’d create new ones and lessen the need for paying top dollar for things like… hmmmm…. prosthetics. Money would be less relevant. Is that such a bad thing?
I know I can either come off as a crazy idealist or a constant complainer, but man, humanity has so much potential that’s being wasted. When I was young, my parents would constantly get on my case if they thought my priorities weren’t in check; by and large, I feel we as a species is in the same boat I once was. What are we doing here? Are we okay with things that can easily improve our lives being offered at prohibitively high prices? I’m not.
A good friend of mine once told me, “I’m just trying to live my life.”
To that I say, “lucky you.” You’re not in the position where something like this can make a major impact. There are many who aren’t in the same boat. I’m just saying it isn’t so tough to just 3D print that same boat to help a fellow traveler in need.
Peace out, party people.