3D printing: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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Fancy a pair of $900 shoes, custom made on a 3D printer?

3D printing has made quite a few waves. Specifically in weapons manufacturing. Now there’s even a 3D gun that only costs $25 to make.

Really, humanity? Is that how we’re going to make use of this incredible technology, by figuring out ways to hurt each other? No wonder there are rumours of our impending extinction.

There may be hope for us yet – the medical community is catching up. This Dutch-Belgian team replaced a woman’s lower jaw with a 3D printed model. This 3D printed tracheal splint saved a baby’s life by restoring his breathing. 3D printed anatomical replicas of human hearts are helping surgeons perfect their craft.

Or we could just print some Eiffel tower shoes.

Image via www.theverge.com

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