Just as a blank canvas can be almost intimidating in its possibility, it can be equally difficult fully convey the potential of 3D printing to someone who’s not familiar with it. You can sit someone down and explain that your machine can make ANYTHING, including more machines… but this doesn’t actually wow as many people as you think.1
But what if you could walk into an office building and permanently improve every single person’s work environment using a 3D printer? You might actually have their attention then. Imagine what it could do for workplace ergonomics. You could print something to improve the tilt on a computer monitor, raise armrest on a chair, or, as Thingiverse citizen BenJackson demonstrates – print up a more comfy footrest. I’d bet that pretty soon people would come up with more ways to use their office 3D printer to crank out some things for home too.
BenJackson’s contribution might be a humble footrest – but I think it really opens the door to showing people just how useful 3D printing can really be.
- Or maybe that’s just me. [↩]
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