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Submission + - 3D printers for peace contest 1

Bas_Wijnen writes: 3D printing is being condemned in the media because of the potential for printing guns. Engineers at Michigan Tech believe there is far more potential for 3D printers to make our lives better rather than killing one another. To encourage thinking about constructive uses of 3D printing technology Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab and Type A Machines sponsor the first 3-D Printers for Peace Contest.

Designers are encouraged to consider: If Mother Theresa of Ghandi had access to 3D printing what would they print? What kind of designs could help reduce military spending and conflict while making us all safer and more secure?

Anyone in the United States may enter and there is no cost to enter.
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3D printers for peace contest

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  • Guns in the US are used far far more often to prevent crime than to kill. Estimates are around 1.5M a year reported, and far more not reported. Almost all of these involve nothing more than showing the gun. Even when guns are actually fired, the police error rate, ie unjustified killings, is several times the non-police error rate.

    To imply that printing guns is the same as hating peace is a sign of wilful blindness to reality.

Statistics are no substitute for judgement. -- Henry Clay