I have always been fascinated with the concept of 3-D printing. Not so long ago, 3-D printers designed to synthesize three-dimensional objects would have been something that only appeared in science fiction movies. However, today science fiction has morphed into reality.
Although 3-D technology is still relatively avant-garde and experimental, its use in the field of medicine, dentistry, and consumer products is growing by leaps and bounds. Over the last ten years, over 100,000 hip replacements have been 3-D printed. 3-D printers are printing implants, hearing aids, crowns and dentures, dental resins, footwear, and eyewear. These are just a few of the industries that are utilizing 3-D printing. Even though 3-D printers are generally pricey, they are becoming more widely used in the manufacture of a wide variety of objects today.
While I believe there can be several logical and rational uses for 3-D printers, the development of a new, unique, revolutionary 3-D printer has been one that for many years has held my interest. While some folks might think that a 3-D printer that copies animate objects has gone too far, the research performed by an extraordinary 3-D Printer company revealed indeed there’s a market for their printer they named, “The Live Kitten Printer.” The Live Kitten Printer is targeted to tickle the fancy of customers who are crazy about cats.
Even though many 3-D printers are complicated to operate, this 3-D printer manufacturer is advertising that the Live Kitten printer is effortless to use. All the user has to do is to select their desired breed, wait 90 minutes and voila; fall in love with their new 3-D printed kitten. Additionally, to feed your beloved 3-D printed kitten, the Live Kitten 3-D printer comes with a cat food 3-D printing attachment.
While some folks might consider the Live Kitten 3-D printer to be too good to be true, there are a vast number of reputable cat breeders who are already up in arms. After all, ethical, reputable cat breeders have gorgeous, healthy kittens available that came into this world via a perfectly natural and highly selected process.
Breeders are also concerned that if the 3-D printer hasn’t been set up just right to do the necessary thorough genetic testing before creating the 3-D copy, a possibility of genetic defects occurring in kitties copied by the Live Kitten printer exists. But can you blame these breeders at all for their concerns? After all, before printing a 3-D model, one must be careful that the original must first be examined for any errors.
Recently I was made aware that many shelters are also on the warpath and are considering legal action to delay the production of the Live Kitten 3-D printer. Shelter staff is extremely concerned about the very probable decline in feline adoptions since why would anyone adopt when they can quickly “turn out” a new kitten whenever one is wanted. Even our two kitties, Aki and Edgar Allen Poe, are taking action using their social media accounts to get cat lovers to find ways to halt the production of the Live Kitten 3-D printer.
But before you get agitated and start searching for your pens or spend time browsing the internet looking for a petition to sign, take a peek at today’s calendar! It’s April Fool’s Day!! GOTCHA!
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Article by: Jo Singer, MSW, CSW, LCSW, (Ret.)