Unspooling the plastic maker movement

This salt-and-pepper-shaker challenge is a pretty neat illustration of the extraordinary advances in the 3D-printing and fabrication industry, which opened up a full-fledged prosumer sector in 2010. But should we be at least slightly concerned about the way 3D printing seems to make plastic crap safe for hipsters? A given unit of ABS plastic requires about twice its weight in petroleum to produce. I have two words for you, young person: carbon credits.

[thanks, Conrad!]

2 comments

  1. Matthew:

    Nobody is going to be fabbing fireplace logs. Why would “carbon credits” be relevant?

  2. It’s just that those spools of ABS don’t grow on trees, and I’m ambivalent about new ways to make plastic stuff, however admittedly cool they may be.

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