Thus bringing us to the latest bit of news coming from the 3D printing market. With the help of a student team from TU Delft in the Netherlands, robots are now able to 3D print a fully functional stainless steel bicycle. Meet the Arc Bicycle!
“3D printing has exploded in popularity in the last decade but for those wanting to print medium to large scale objects, there are still significant limitations in the technology. This method of 3D printing makes it possible to produce medium to large scale metal objects with almost total form freedom.”
– Harry Anderson (via Core 77)
The bike is merely testing ground for potentially larger objects in the not-too-distant future. MX3D have already made headlines on their proposal to use this very same method to eventually 3D print an entire steel pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam.
Photo(s) Credit: Netherlands Delft University of Technology
The implications that’ll arise from 3D printing is already making itself very clear. No industry of today will be left untouched in the future by 3D printers. From the space industry to the medical industry, automotive manufacturing to mass architecture, 3D printers are here to stay and they’re going to make a huge impact in the very near future. What this means for the future of employment isn’t all too clear, but there’s a real good chance that massive technological unemployment will be a direct result as 3D printers reaches out into every major industry.
How we address this side-effect to progress is still up in the air, whether we implement a Universal Basic Income social policy or come up with some other solution. Though we feel confident that, as we continue making progress in the exponentially growing industry of 3D printing, our social policies will properly react to accommodate these revolutionary technological disruptions.