3D Printing: The end of consumerism?

We’ve been contemplating acquiring a 3D printer at my university for pedagogical and research purposes.  As part of this contemplation, I have had to learn more about the technology and uses of desktop manufacturing.  And in doing this, I began thinking about how the diffusion and integration of 3D printing into everyday life could change our culture and society.  If desktop publishing helped begin the prosumer revolution, then what could desktop manufacturing do to further this revolution, changing people’s identities of consumers of manufactured goods into producers of self-designed items.

Along those lines, since this is the week that kicks off the consumerism of the holidays, my latest article for Clearance Bin Review considers what is the future of consumerism should 3D printing merge with other upcoming technologies.

About CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

I am an explorer of pop culture, technology, mass media, and human nature. I want to make sense of how we all make sense of the mediated worlds that surrounds us.

Posted on November 23, 2012, in Audience/Reception Studies, Critical/Cultural Studies, Industry Analysis Studies and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Our Class @ DU and commented:
    Have you heard of 3D printing? After reading the article, would you like us to have a 3D printer at campus that you could use?

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  1. Pingback: 3-D Printing: Desktop Manufacturing Overview | Playing, With Research

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