Ethics, The Maker Movement, & 3D Printing

Curious about the Maker Movement and Maker Spaces?

The University Library’s Maker Hub, which opened earlier this academic year, provides access to foundational maker technologies, including laser cutters, soldering irons, sewing machines, and other tools designed to support simple coding and robotics. Our 3D printers, along with a Matter and Form 3D Scanner, allow almost any object to be scanned, edited, and 3D printed.

These powerful technologies bring amazing possibilities, but also pose some serious questions. Some of the issues that surround the Maker Movement include:

…..Are there restrictions on what can be 3D printed? Should there be? What about printing weapons? Body parts? What about intellectual property rights?
…..Will the Maker Movement bring with it an equal distribution of technology? Are we levelling the playing field for everyone? Will certain populations be left behind?

On March 7, please join Dr. Daryl Koehn, Philosophy Department Faculty and Managing Director of The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, for a talk on the ethical issues surrounding 3D Printing, make-it-yourself physical spaces, entrepreneurship, and more.

March 7

6:00 pm in the Maker Hub for a tour and 3D Printing Demo

6:30 – 8:00 pm in Idea Lab #2 for the talk and refreshments

RSVP your attendance to: Jennifer Schwartz, jennifer.schwartz@depaul.edu 

This event is co-sponsored by the DePaul University Library and the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.

For more information on how to use the Maker Hub in your teaching and learning activities, or to gain assistance in accessing other maker resources on campus (and beyond), please contact Janice Scurio, Information Technology Librarian.

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