Why 3D printers are bad for our jobs
Posted by Wired on Thursday, January 13, 2018 11:07:23The world’s largest 3D printer maker, MakerBot, has been accused of creating the world’s worst job losses, with reports suggesting that over 2,000 jobs were lost over the last year alone.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Makerbot founder Jim Killock acknowledged the problems, but argued that the company is focused on making a good product.
“We’re not focused on selling machines.
We’re not focusing on making money, and we’re focused on doing good,” Killock said.
“We don’t want to make people miserable.”
Killock said that MakerBot’s biggest challenge is that the current 3D printing technology has not progressed to the point where it can produce anything other than a few millimeters of material, and the company has no plans to expand its business beyond that.
“The industry has reached a point where we’ve got to make some tough decisions,” he said.
MakerBot’s recent moves have included the launch of a new 3D printable car, the X-Drive, which can be printed from just a few hundred parts.
The company has also begun working with local businesses to help them get started.
“MakerBot is a small company, so we don’t have the resources to build out the whole 3D manufacturing industry,” Killamp said.
MakerBot is currently in the process of buying up parts suppliers to increase production, and its first 3D-printed car is expected to go on sale in 2021.