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October 28, 2010

3-D Excitement by Cate Chase

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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One day last week, I was wandering around Facebook and found this article on 3-D printing. You can read the article for the details, but someone has come up with a copier that works just like I write!
It layers, using malleable substances like plastic or metal. Think phyllo dough or papier mache.

Using this technology, a company called Bespoke is creating artificial limbs you can run through your dishwasher!

Anything you can think up can be 3-D printed, as long as you can draw the design. I’m sure it won’t be too long before they can give one of those 3-D copiers a holographic image and press the COPY button.

This technology also encourages mom and pop businesses. Let’s say you make odd looking lamps and don’t want to sell them to IKEA to mass produce. Buy your own 3-D copier, set up a page on the internet and create on demand. Doll houses, Prefab walls you simply attach to another wall…

This fantastic concept kept me up for three nights.

I’m not out to create cookie cutter books, but for me, writing is about layers. If I can get the dialog down, the rest comes rushing in and gets added a layer at a time. I posted something for crit the other day, and Amber asked me, “What about the smells?”

Woops, Good catch, Amber!

The other direction it took me was what if someone gave the copier a design for a magic box? And what if they printed several boxes and just set them out on a table at a park? Book plot here we come!

My grandmother was born before cars were common. She got to see us go to the moon and much more. For our generation and our children’s, technology could potentially make the world my twenty year old knows now completely obsolete in only a few years time.

And the best part is I get to write, to live and work in the creative world, which makes me a little bitty part of things as wonderful as a 3-D copier!


  1. Okay. Technological advances never cease to amaze me.
    But I have a problem here. I quote from the article:
    “It is manufacturing with a mouse click instead of hammers, nails and, well, workers. Advocates of the technology say that by doing away with manual labor, 3-D printing could revamp the economics of manufacturing and revive American industry as creativity and ingenuity replace labor costs as the main concern around a variety of goods.”

    Great. Cheaper product because we’ve eliminated the need for human beings, who are now unemployed and can’t afford squat.
    How soon until the computers begin creating their own technology and eliminate the need for inventors and CEOs?
    Will we still sing their praises then?

    We truly are proving we don’t need us anymore.

    Comment by KevaD — October 28, 2010 @ 05:44 | Reply

  2. Oh, Cate, I love how you used this example for your writing. Layering is very important! Thanks, hun!

    Comment by Judith Leger — October 28, 2010 @ 06:47 | Reply

  3. What a fun way to think about writing! Thanks, Cate.

    KevaD, this sounds so much like the replicator in Star Trek. I assume when it’s up and running I get to go explore the final frontier, right?

    Comment by Cherise Sinclair — October 28, 2010 @ 08:22 | Reply

  4. Well I have to admit the scope of technology boggles my mind. But as far as writing goes, I like how you talked about adding in the layers to make your story more dimensional, it’s those layers that make a story alive on the page. Good post, Cate.

    Comment by Lauren Fraser — October 28, 2010 @ 09:58 | Reply

  5. Good post Cate, in how it applies to writing. Books do need to be multidimensional, the way life is. Without that depth they fall flat.
    The rest scares the crud out of me. We will have to explore the final frontier since we will no longer be needed here. I am starting to see Cylons everywhere.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — October 28, 2010 @ 12:37 | Reply

  6. Great blog post bro, I really loved this article. I’ll be sure to show this to my brother who would, no doubt, enjoy to read over this blog too. Found this blog through the Yahoo search engine by the way, incase you were curious. Many thanks for the great read!

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