We are currently talking about what 3D printing can do in the not too distant future, but We do not realize that 3D printing is already very useful in some sectors such as agriculture. Not long ago a professor at the University of Michigan reminded us that in some places where technology is difficult to reach.
So if we combine the RepRap project on economical printers with materials such as PLA, which is quite affordable, we have the possibility of having practical and simple tools for which we will only need a little patience to print it.
El study It has been done by Dr. Joshua Pearce, who emphasized the existence of part design repositories that are totally free and that not only collect large and simple tools such as a shovel, but there are also complex designs that with a little patience they can give us Very compound tools for food processing, water management or the simple replacement of broken parts.
Pearce says 3D printing is already useful in agriculture
Currently there are many areas in which not only technology is limited, such as in Third World countries, but there are also areas in which technology is a matter of time, either because a certain piece will take a few days to be obtained or because we catch some how many holidays. In these cases it is also useful to have a 3D printer and access to a repository as Dr. Pearce emphasizes.
Personally I am with Dr. Pearce, 3D printing is now ready for the agriculture sector, but not only 3D printing but also Free Hardware. The primary sector is a very hard sector that requires many hours of dedication, this can be reduced thanks to 3D printing and Free hardware, something that many are already applying these techniques and that are becoming more and more. This means that the results are positive and that they are available to everyone. Even with everything, in certain countries the maker culture is stopped or is still shy, something that makes us have less perceptions of the whole reality and the maker world, don't you think?