If you print it, they will come
|September 26, 2011||Posted by Sophy Bot under Customization|
These days, everything is customizable. From t-shirts to sneakers to chocolate and beyond, you can get just about anything made in the singularly right shade of you. And for those times when you don’t want to take a pre-made product and add your own personal touch, you can always just print one up from scratch.
Last week, PSFK posted about Origo’s 3D printer concept for kids (think Play-Doh meets Lego meets the Google generation). The printer itself is aimed at ten-year-olds and based on the concept that, “3D printing [is] going to be the technology that [lets] people make whatever they want to make, on their own terms.” Talk about customization. And while the Origo 3D printer is still a concept, a bevy of other 3D printers have already hit the market, and designers are actively looking for ideas.
Over in New York, the New Museum recently issued the MakerBot Challenge, asking participants to submit their own 3D designs for judging with a simple question: “From the banal toothbrush to complex bicycle gears, how can 3D printing help to develop the world around us?” One thing’s for sure: at a time when even your doorknob can be fully customized, our individual need to be unique is greater than ever. And whether that means creating your own personal bobblehead or custom-printing a 3D Tesser Cube, the ability to do so is finally available to the masses.
Photo credit: makerbot