Authors: Lucas Agudiez Roitman and Michael Shanks
Journal: International Journal of Economics & Management Sciences
Publisher: OMICS International
In this paper, we analyze the function and applications of a 3D printer in the context of a modern economic landscape. While other papers delve into the topic of printers in which users can download 3D models from various websites and replicate them, they do so on a surface level. This paper delves deeply in the potential economic changes that these devices could create. Unlike in regular manufacturing, these objects, made mainly from plastic material, can have internal gears and pieces that make a fully working mechanical product, without the need to assemble the individual parts into a larger contraption, and have been used even for the creation of fire weapons. We discuss the implications in regulation and control of the population and their creations.
Copyright: © 2016 Lucas Roitman. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Illustration Photo: 3D Printer Makerbot (credits: Medialab Prado / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))