The futures of 3D printing
The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order, a cooperation of Heidelberg University and KIT, aims to develop the next generation of 3D printing technologies. It shall become possible to create materials and objects with a push of a button, all the way to the molecular scale. That such visionary technologies engender societal hopes and concerns is the starting point of the study.
Scenarios of 3D printing
With the approach of vision assessment, which was developed at ITAS, the study analyzes possible futures of 3D printing and assesses their societal implications. Together with other researchers of the cluster, stakeholders and the public the team will develop and assess scenarios of 3D printing futures that combine technological and societal aspects.
The aim is to start an early discourse on the societal consequences of a new generation of digital technologies and to bring science into dialogue with society. (05.08.2019)