An Interview with Briztreadley

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My 3D printed bike, FIX3D, is now being discussed outside of the 3D printing world in an interview I’ve done for the Briztreadley podcast, a site dedicated to discussing all things cycling around South-East Queensland. If you want to jump straight to my interview and the discussion about 3D printing for cycling jump to the 29 minute mark.

As always it’s great to keep the discussion about 3D printing going, and exposing people to the exciting world that many of us early adopters now take for granted. I mention in the interview that the bike is permanently on show at Griffith University on the Gold Coast as part of the new Red Zone visitors centre – if you’re in the area, check it out and tag your photos with #FIX3D. Keep in mind some of the presenters have misquoted some of the details during their discussion; I do not think the bike frame will ever weigh only 200grams (although it’s a nice thought!), and the bike is not on show in Canada. Thanks to Chris Welsh for coming out to do the interview as part of your first podcast 🙂

– Posted by James Novak

3D Printing Around Queensland

Another great chance to talk all things 3D printing today on ABC Radio Brisbane! It’s great that these sorts of programs are highlighting the opportunities 3D printing offers in my local Queensland area. Not only did I get another chance to talk about my work and of course my 3D printed bike FIX3D, but you will also hear from Alex Kingsbury from the CSIRO, Associate Professor Travis Klein from the Queensland University of Technology, Daniel Flood from The Edge (part of the State Library of Queensland), and another graduate like myself from Griffith University – Sarah Deasy who runs an online business selling 3D printed items called Ask for Oompa. Quite an interesting mix of opinions and experiences around Brisbane.

This is quite a light-hearted conversation, great for those without too much experience with 3d printing that would like to know more about what’s happening and how to get involved. Of course you can always leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction as well 🙂 Enjoy.

– Posted by James Novak

3D Printed Guns Here in Queensland

This morning I was called by Nicole Dyer from ABC Radio’s Mornings program to comment on a story about the arrest of a man on the Gold Coast for allegedly owning 3D printed plastic parts to guns and knuckle dusters. You can read the full ABC story by clicking here, along with photos of the weapons. The sound-clip above is from the discussion on air, including some of my thoughts (at about the 2 minute mark). Update: this story has since gone on to make international news through the 3D Printing Industry website.

I guess it was only a matter of time before an arrest like this close to home, and certainly raises some valid issues around access to 3D printing and whether there should be any restrictions on what gets printed. In my mind it’s a little like the music industry when it first went digital and everyone was using Napster and similar sites to illegally download music. It took a while for the laws around downloading music to catch up, and then big players like iTunes to then make legally owning digital files affordable and ‘cool.’ We’re just in that same early stage of rapid growth, and unfortunately the dominating media hype around 3D printing weapons is taking much of the focus away from all the amazing positives coming out of 3D printing every day: affordable custom prosthetics to improve amputee quality of life, advancements to space travel and the potential to land humans on Mars, lighter weight parts for aircraft that significantly reduce carbon emissions, the potential to print human organs using a patients own cells… The list is endless, and it’s important to remember that there are always those few who will find a darker side to any technology that we develop.

There is much more that could be said around this issue, but if you’re interested a quick search online will present thousands of articles examining both sides of the story. In short – you couldn’t pay me enough to fire a 3D printed plastic gun!

– Posted by James Novak