Tech Bad

Tech Bad

Category : 3-D Modeling , Ethics

3D Print from the University of Alberta
3D Print from the University of Alberta

I was trained as a graphic designer and have watched as technology has transformed the graphic design industry. In school, our instructors insisted students do everything by hand. In contrast, during my practicum almost nothing was done by hand. The computer reigned supreme. Even the old PMT (Photo-Mechanical Transfer) machine we used for our school projects wasn’t used in the print shops anymore. I saw the trends and after graduation enrolled in computer courses. Since that time, many graphic design jobs have faded away. No more typesetters or pre-press production workers. Businesses closed. Now anyone with a computer can do graphic design. I see the potential for similar things to happen in construction.

Right now, a 3D Model can be designed on computer and then turned into a physical sculpture using so-called “3D Printers”. [Update Dec. 7, 2007: 3-D printing currently involves taking plaster or sand and using computer guided manufacturing tools to fuse these materials into a specific shape, as was the case with the picture above.] This technology is in its infancy and it is far too expensive for large-scale applications. With improvements however, I foresee that a plan drawn on computer could be “printed” without the use of construction workers. More jobs lost. I am usually very positive about technology but this prospect of job-loss is hard to reconcile with progress.


Robert Reed

August 15, 2007 at 6:29 am

I disagree. I think that fabbers are the next level of progress.


October 6, 2007 at 4:06 am

I couldn’t understand some parts of this article Tech Bad, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

online education

December 6, 2007 at 11:43 pm

I am looking for post on online eduaction and what i came across makes me doubt the value of such education , anyway i wish you success

Webmaster K

December 7, 2007 at 9:55 am

I have updated the post to describe 3-D Printing.

Graphic Design University

December 10, 2007 at 4:25 pm

Hi there, i am looking for info on online education but i am left wondering how is your post Tech Bad related to that ? .

Webmaster K

December 12, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Hi Jango
You must have reached my website via GOOGLE. They have an old link.
here is the correct link to the article in question:

I hope that is what you were looking for.