3D Printing's Rule 34 - Fabbaloo Blog - Fabbaloo. Charles Stross's latest science fiction novel, Rule 34, includes a whole lot of deep thinking on the implications of widespread 3D printing.
We've discussed some of these issues before, but Stross's novel proposes another more aggressive solution: forbidden shapes. In other words, 3D printers could be rigged to detect and prevent the production of certain objects deemed illegal. The printers may even report you for attempting such, too. This isn't without precedent; for many years common office photocopiers have had secret built-in code to detect the copying of currency. Future Fossils by macouno. 3D printer used in Coraline animation. High-end 3D printer art - Boing Boing. 3D printers are great for complex engineering projects, but what happens when you try to get creative with it?
Most artists obsessed with digital fabrication opt for milling machines or laser etching–which are cheaper and easier to access–but some have stuck with rapid prototyping (aka rapid manufacturing) because building ultra-precise objects out of nothing is undeniably awesome. Can you imagine if Torolf Sauermann tried to make this snail shell-esque math art using a pottery kiln? (He actually designed it using TopMod, an open source 3D topological mesh modeling system, and then sent the image to a printer for conception.)