3D printing and the additive manufacturing industry have had a lot of publicity recently. All of the information I have been exposed to about 3D printing has been very fascinating and constructive, promising technology that is being used today and only growing. Some people do however believe that there is a negative side to 3D printing, more specifically 3D printing in the sports industry.
According to a report released by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, there are concerns that new technological advances in nanotechnology, 3D printing, and biomedical engineering may create an unfair advantage (‘technology doping’) in the sports industry. They insist on sport officials to team up with engineers to predict results of these new technologies.
Some of the technological advances include improving hydrodynamics of a swimmer with the use of 3D scanners and mapping or 3D printing a shoe (or any piece of equipment) minutes before the event to optimize against weather conditions, injuries, or the athlete’s physical state. These technologies are predicted to be available within a few years to an elite athlete.
I tend to view things with an optimistic (yet realistic) attitude and hope to see this more of a step forward in science and technology rather than another way for unfair advantages to affect sports.
How do you feel these new technologies will affect sports? Do you think that it can be monitored properly for fair play?
Via Josh Chan