The biggest problem 3D printing faces is the willingness of the general public to sit and learn about a whole new technology, figure out wall thickness, print resolutions and other complicated processes that certainly don’t come as naturally as printing some flight boarding passes on paper.
Many commentators in the industry point out these complications and tell us this is why it will never be widely adopted. Others like Sylvain Preumont of iMakr tell us that it will be the youth that make use of the technology “when the computer first came out nobody could have predicted that people will be using it to post pictures of cats on facebook, the same will happen 3D printing.”
According to an article in today’s English newspaper The Telegraph, 3D Printing is to become part of the British national curriculum in an overhaul of the design and technology syllabus following complaints from well respected figures like James Dyson that the current syllabus puts too much emphasis on "puff pasty and topiary".
A senior Whitehall source told The Telegraph: "The new curriculum will give pupils the skills to design, make, and test their own products.
“Pupils will learn computer-aided design and electronics. 3-D printers will become standard in our schools - a technology that is transforming manufacturing and the economy.
“Combined with the introduction of programming, it is a big step forward from Labour's dumbed down curriculum.”
We like to think that events like our Bright Minds at the TCT Show act of somewhat of a catalyst to the curriculum and if this curriculum overhaul does happen then 3D printing could well become just as common as printing movie tickets, but we do wonder whether it will mainly be 3D printing models of cats…