Yay! Our first EOW video…and it’s about 3D printing. How is this an EOW idea? I’m struck when I read remarks about how younger people have less and less attachment to the physical objects related to music; CD’s and for an even older crowd, records. All their music is on an iPod or in the “data cloud.” I’m of the age where I still have an attachment to my CD’s….and I still have albums (no record player,though!), but I was glad to make the transition from records. But there are advantages to not being beholden to the physical objects, right? Maybe I don’t want to read all my books on a Kindle, but if I can carry — how many? hundreds? thousands? — books, all at the same weight, in the same physical space, a much, much smaller space than the actual books….there’s a lot to be said for that!
I thought about 3d printing when I needed a certain type of pliers the other night, a kind I didn’t have. Did I really need to buy those damn needlenose pliers to use once every few years? But if I had this device….I could ‘print’ one.
Indulge me a little here. Imagine that these things get cheaper, better, faster….but not to the point they could replace everything, obviously. But what if they could ‘print’, say, 40% of the basic physical objects of your home? That would be amazing! Let’s say you could ‘print’ a lot of your furniture (at least frames, say) in some sort of Frankenstein-meets-Ikea experiment gone mad! Today you want Danish Modern, tomorrow…who knows? Who cares? Your mood can set the decor. The term ‘bespoke’ which is now a fancy term for hand-made goods like suits may devolve to mean ‘not printed’.
Your EOW future may have you owning less and less…but having ‘access’ to everything.