3D Printers and Privacy
posted by Gerard Magliocca
In what will be my last post about 3D printing for a while, I want to make the claim that these devices will be an important tool for enhancing privacy. Why? For the simple reason that it lets people make things without other people or firms knowing what they have done. To the extent that people are deterred from buying things because people in the store will see or because a record will exist from a credit card or an online retailer, that will not be an issue if you have a 3D printer at home and buy raw materials that are basic. This could, of course, include drug paraphernalia or weapons, which are also part of the privacy bundle but raise questions of public safety.
OK, back to the history of the Bill of Rights tomorrow!