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Remember this scene in the movie The Graduate?
Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Well, Mr. McGuire might be right. Welcome to the brave new world of 3-D printers.
Like most “Progress” there may be some drawbacks – like putting lots of people out of work, and what happens when we run out of petroleum, and a whole array of deadly weapons made right in your own home out of a material that can pass through metal detectors, without having any paperwork or serial numbers to help law enforcement trace one used to commit a crime.
But it also means that artificial limbs and even organ parts could be made at a very reasonable cost – especially important for young children, whose needs change with their growing bodies.
3-D Printing opens up possibilities for building small housing units cheaply for the homeless, or for creating temporary shelters after a flood or an earthquake has destroyed conventional housing.
So, would you want to be a passenger in a plastic plane made on a giant printer? Or live in a plastic house?
The Graduate, screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, based on a novel by Charles Webb, was directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. It debuted in 1967. Mike Nichols won an Academy Award for Best Director.
Mr. McGuire was played by Walter Brooke.