The 9 Signs of Ageing

It is undeniable that the emergence of the 3D printer as a desktop machine has and will cause conflict in changing much of the technological global landscape. As it becomes a more and more commercialised product it will mature and settle into the fabric of our household technologies. This is a prediction based on the 9 “Cultural Logics of Media Convergence”. Jenkins (2004). This is The 9 Signs of Ageing Technology.

1. Revising Audience Measurement: 3D printing audiences are an ever growing flare of engineers and everyday consumers alike. As the technology progresses, it can be assumed that it will take on a more and more consumeristic audience. One of 3D print’s predictions for the future of the platform is that “40% of households” will have the technology in the next 5 years.

2. Regulating Content: We have already seen how 3D printing has the ability to be a dangerous weapon in terms of arms making, but gladly with well developed sites such as Makerbot’s “Thingiverse” and the beauty of the Creative Commons licence, content regulations is made far easier because of the lack of benefits given by pirate websites.

3. Redesigning the Media Economy: With a choice between free and costly files on 3D print search engines, the ability to buy a software and produce hard, tangible materials from it may just as well change the digital economy. I am just not to sure how… yet ūüėČ

4. Restricting Media Ownership: One of the most ingenious parts of 3D printing is its sharing of files among prosumers. It is largely the consumers of the goods that are creating and sharing them. much like other platforms such as tumblr, Facebook, twitter, sound cloud and reddit, The 3D printer search engines are fuelled by the consumers. thus making a strong cycle of creating, sharing and downloading.

5. Rethinking Aesthetics: with the emergence of the tablet and touch screen, website aesthetics have changed a lot. 3D printer manufacturer websites are extremely good at creating touch websites seeing as they came about at around the same time. Also, with the new ability for 3D printers to create strong, intricate objects has come a trend for 3D printed items to have a “web” design to them. thus changing physical aesthetics associated with the technology.

6. Re-defining Intelectual Propert Rights: Intelectual propert has never been so prevalent as it is with 3D printers. The ability to physically create anything that you think of means that the rights and regulation of what is deemed an individual’s intellectual property is paramount. Gladly, there are now procedures such as the creative commons licence which tailor to each person’s needs and thus assists with the issue of intellectual property.

7. Renegotiating Relations Between Producers and Consumers: As was aforementioned, the new digital platforms on which 3D printers acquire files are used by prosumers. this means that, for a majority of the case, the producers of the material are also consumers on the same platform. Thus creating a perpetual source of creative input and output.

8. Remapping Globalisation: The idea that I can email you a spoon, in my opinion, is a great point to base how 3D printers are remapping the global village. As new technologies emerge, our world becomes smaller and smaller. With 3D printers however, it has become so close that I can physically give someone my spoon on the other side of the globe as quickly as the internet can upload it, all over the world, no matter where you are. if i upload my spoon to the internet, you can download it and print it off in as quick as an hour.

9. Re-engaging citizens: The final stage of an ageing technology is its ability to re-engage citizens to feel as comfortable with the technology as they were without it. As the technology becomes smaller and more efficient, it will become easier and esker to integrate into a consumers life and thus settle as a solid technological foundation to the modern household.

Reference list

Jenkins (2004) Available at: [Accessed 31 March 2014].

Kressenstein. B. Five 3D Printing Predictions For the Next Five Years ( 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 31 March 2014].


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