3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution

A new book, “3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution” scrutinizes what this will mean for the world and the future of humanity. Going beyond the headline grabbing stories of 3D printed guns this book by Aaron Council and Michael Petch graphically illustrates how 3D printing will change the world. In 2014, 3D printing will go mainstream; the authors thoroughly examine the history, the current market and the future.

Themes explored include how 3D printing is used in next-generation games consoles such as the Xbox One and how a robot can be created by combining these technologies. A discussion on the impact of 3D printing on medicine and healthcare is covered in depth, including how 3D printing will allow drugs to be downloaded from the Internet and printed using common household materials. Aaron Council, the founder and CEO of the Gyges3D.com online community, and Michael Petch, the CEO of Black Dog Consulting, explore how 3D printing is likely to change the current economic system for the better. The importance of the technology for the future of society and how it will create jobs in both the U.S and the developing world is given a detailed chapter. Political and social implications of 3D printing such as a reduction in materialism and even an end to conflict are all explored as by-products of this remarkable technology.

First coming into prominence at the end of 1970’s , additive manufacturing was pioneered for use as a rapid prototyping. But it is only in recent years that the impact is starting to be felt across a wider range of industries. 3D printing has permeated into medical science, fashion, construction and food production.

3D printing will not just change the way things are made. Wide reaching implications for society and the world as a whole must be considered. Politicians are already seeking to control the spread of 3D printed guns. But will their efforts be as successful as those of the music industry, in controlling pirated copies of their products?

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