3D printing is a fabulous technological advance, and anyone with a creative mind will be thrilled at the possibilities that could be just around the corner as a result of its development….
Or would be if some dick hadn't decided to use it to make a weapon: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env…
Yes, we're back on the gun-debate-thing. And this time the pro-gun crowd are pissing me off because they've set in motion a chain of events that will stifle the potentially fabulous ability to transfer what you create on your computer into the real world.
The man behind it harps on about liberty being his motivation for doing it.
Liberty has to be tempered with responsibility, otherwise you just have anarchy. Using new technology to build a gun doesn't make you a champion for freedom, it makes you an attention seeking moron who gives the powers-that-be REASON to restrict it. They will now do everything the can to prevent the proliferation of the technology. They will restrict the materials, current and future, that can be used in the printers. They will put as many bureaucratic hoops in the way as they can to stop anyone without the right permits, documentation, licensing or political standing from utilising it.
This egomanic ass-hat has thwarted, undermined and scuppered the plans that future creative minds could have implemented to better the world and life on it, all because he wanted to raise a mid digit at those who think guns might be dangerous in the wrong hands.
People that reach for the stars are always dragged back down to earth by the Neanderthals that just want to hit things with a rock.