Do it yourself(DIY) folks who simply follow manuals are in decline as more people choose to make it their own way to suit their needs and tastes. Maker is no longer just a “Consumer” but “Prosumer” as they participate in production themselves. Due to progressing 3D printing technology, anyone can become a “Creator,” “Producer,” and “Entrepreneur.” in this day and age. This trend is especially noticeable among younger generations as this “Creative making” became the fundamental and essential part of their leisure life. Skills such as coding and other technical and scientific DIYs that belong to the realm of the experts are now moving towards the realm of cultural life.
For example, Italian home ware magazine CASAfaile has collaborated with Creative consulting company Tourdefork and industrial designer Astrid Luglio to make a 3D printing object collection called, ‘The Future of DIY Objects, Tourdefork.’ They provide sources and ideas to people who want to make things on their own such as dinner table accessories. Some of the ideas they provide are using old glass bottles, cake stand, cocktail port, plate holder, etc. It shows the possibility and direction that without special skills nor expertise, 3D printing can effectively be used in our daily lives. (Tourdefork.2015)
We can also see this phenomenon from an organization called, ‘IKEA Hackers.’ They do not follow the manual provided by IKEA but do it themselves according to their needs and taste and share information. Based on this idea, there have been more marketing and design specializing in DIY and creative making. People can actually change the manual and come up with new design which makes the product more user-friendly. This kind of marketing in the long run can magnify the sense of attachment to the brand.(IKEA Hackers,2014)
Using 3D printer to do creative activities to suit one’s needs and taste, I think, is mesotrend and at the base, there is megatrend of Personal Manufacturing era.3D printing technology is vastly spreading at the state and industrial level, however what relationship does it have with personal life and how will it change the lives of our future. Many futurologist and established magazines have commended this technology as 3rd industrial revolution where it has the potential to replace mass production of companies. They also said that this technology will change Mass Production era to Mass Customization era by popularizing small customized production.
The Economist, a well known magazine on the global economy, published a special issue on April 2012 and the headline read, “The 3rd Industirial Revolution, The Digitization Of Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing.” In their article they defined the transformation of 1st industrial revolution to 3rd industrial revolution and said that 3D printing technology is the key component in bringing the 3rd industrial revolution. (The Economist.2012)They went on to say that this technology will usher in the dream world where one can print their own design and produce themselves without the help of factory workers. Digital manufacturing era is right before our eyes. This shows that we are on a rising curve of the life cycle and we are still far away from it reaching the top.
3D printing technology is amalgamated with ‘Bio-Printing’ technology which made Bio printing technology to be in the spotlight as well. Bio printing is laminating live cells in a form or pattern you want and making organs, muscles and even bones. Recently, the US Army successfully developed a technique that can print a patient’s skin cell. If this bio printing technique is amalgamated with Nano sensor technology and IT technology, it can bring a sensational innovation in developing prosthetic hands and humanoid robots that follow orders from human nerve system and electronic signals of a computer.
I would like to leave you with a question:
Do you think this 3D printing technology would affect your future life?
< The Economist> A third industrial revolution http://www.economist.com/node/21552901
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