Makerbot ≈ Instrument

22 08 2010

Some people may say that owning a Makerbot as a 3D printer is silly. They say that it requires too much skill and time to operate for it to be a real consumer item. Well I say that owning a Makerbot is very similar to owning a musical instrument.

How useful is a musical instrument when you don’t know how to play it? About as useful as a Makerbot is not knowing how to operate it. On a piano, most people can figure out how to play a simple song nicely. On a Makerbot most people can figure out how to print a simple object. To play a complex tune on a piano, it takes considerably more time and effort. To print a complex or high-res object on a Makerbot it takes work and time.

Instruments are coincidentally in the same price range as a Makerbot.

Also, if an instrument has a loose nut or something is falling off, you don’t bring it to someone to fix it, you would just tighten the nut yourself. This is the same with a Makerbot. Other things like refrigerators, dishwashers, and computers are the type of things you would bring to a specialist to fix. Why does a 3D printer have to fall into that category? If you understand your 3D printer the way you understand your drum set or piano why would you need to bring it to someone to have it fixed.

I make music with plastic. A new type of specialist. A Makerbotter.

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