Conservative radio personality Glenn Beck becomes 3D printing evangelist

11 Jan 2013

Professional alarmist (and amateur comedian) Glenn Beck thinks 3D printing will bring jobs back to the US.

On a recent episode of his popular radio show Beck boasted about his newest purchase. The conservative talk show host unveiled a MakerBot Replicator 2 - a 3D printer that Beck believes will change the world.

"Jobs will come back to America because you'll be able to make things again," Beck said while printing out a tiny plastic shark.

"[And] remember this is early technology here. However, those aren't manufacturing jobs, they aren't labour union jobs, they aren't dolt jobs, per se. You will be able to make anything you need. So our economy in the entire world is turned upside down. You don't need little slave children in China to make stuff. The Replicator 2000 will do it for you."

Beck believes that 3D printing will change the world because it puts the power in the hands of consumers. According to the talk show host, citizens will no longer need to bow to the ideas of "global planners" because of the technology.

"I am not going to let somebody else redesign the world without me involved and without you involved because I don't like the global planners," continued Beck.

"Here, we're going to push the envelope and look for new creative innovative things in more than one area. I will show you how we can master technology."

Beck spends most of the segment going on about the revolutionary potential of 3D printing. He even goes down a scary rabbit hole about how 3D printers can make guns. Because, you know, that's a good idea.

"You can make weapons with this. You can make anything with this. This is going to be highly, highly regulated. This changes everything. There are no patents anymore," Beck went on to say.

The most interesting thing about the whole segment is that some of Beck's points are valid. Once you get past all the alarmist talk Beck actually raises some valid ideas about what the tech means for manufacturing. 

His point about 3D printing being "the Napster for physical things" is especially true.

Unfortunately, for Beck and 3D printing, we are still a ways off before the technology becomes truly groundbreaking. The 3D printing industry is currently only in its infancy and we have a long way to go before we can create anything truly useful with a "Replicator 2000".

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