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[liberationtech] Giving a talk on 3D printing and need some help

Vicente Pimienta pimienta at
Thu May 16 07:39:39 PDT 2013

Hi Yosem,

Just wanted to fill in a bit on the future of the 3D printer and the huge
impact that is going to have in society. 

The first 3D printer that I ever saw was around 1998 inside the Chrysler
building, Detroit. They used layers of cardboard at the time to design their
own Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep prototypes. They later filled in with a Bondo
type material to fill in the cardboard holes and finally giving it a car
paint finish. The operation was huge and extremely expensive. 

This fact of the high cost alone, creates a monopoly of talent and
opportunities. Only a few talented human beings had access to this
technology creating a huge loss of talent and ideas, until now. 

The recent boom in 3D printer and the price drop in production will unleash
a torrent of decentralized talent that will shake traditional monopolies as
we know them.

In the future, among other interesting applications, I can predict that 3D
printers will be used with living tissue in order to create simple human
organs like lungs, fingers, ears, nose, among others.

I hope to have sparked your imagination and helped you in any way. The
future is so bright, we need to wear shades!

Warm regards,

Warm regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: liberationtech-bounces at
[mailto:liberationtech-bounces at] On Behalf Of Yosem
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:07 AM
To: Liberation Technologies
Cc: Phil Broussard
Subject: [liberationtech] Giving a talk on 3D printing and need some help

From: Phil Broussard <phillip at>

Long story short, I have to give a last minute talk on 3D printers tonight.
They have it listed as a 2 hour presentation so I need some help. To make
matters worse the only printer we have working decided to have a stepper
motor die. So now I have 10 hours to make this work.

Any good suggestions on topics I should cover? I'm going to try and cover
open source hardware, history, how printers work, current uses and anything
else you guys can help me think of. I'm also going to try and put together a
one page handout that will help get people more information on 3d printers.

So anything you all can do to help me out would be greatly appreciated.


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