It's been a while since I've posted anything in the 3D Printing Scrapbook, but here's one that was found by Mr. B.H., and it really made me think of some new scenarios and speculations for the phenomenon of 3D Printing, or additive manufacturing as it is also sometimes referred to (copy and paste into your browser):

New Brunswick researcher investigating 3D-printing powered by thought

You'll note here that this particular Canadian company is seeking to expand the scope of capabilities being integrated into and with additive manufacturing:

FREDERICTON—New Brunswick researchers are plotting what they call the “factories of the future” by developing 3D-printing technologies they said could pave the way for the next industrial revolution.

Mechanical engineer Ed Cyr is studying the applications of artificial intelligence in manufacturing 3D-printed materials as part of a $1.25-million innovation program from the McCain Foundation announced at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton Sept. 5.

Cyr will spend his UNB fellowship, valued at $50,000, working to understand the behaviour of 3D-printed materials with the goal of harnessing their special properties to improve conventional methods of manufacturing.


Cyr intends to take the advantages of this technology to the next level by developing 3D-printing methods capable of introducing new behaviours that cannot be found in conventional materials.

For example, he said he is studying a printed aluminum alloy that, when put under certain types of stress, increases in strength far more than a typical sheet metal.

“That would be would be useful for something like armour, perhaps, or maybe even building the wall of a ship,” he said. “For impacts happening at higher speed, like an icebreaker, it would become stronger instead of more brittle.”

Let that sink in for a moment, for what is being suggested is that additive manufacturing, combined with other advances in materials engineering such as nanotechnology, might be used to design entirely new types of materials and then deploy them for specific purposes via the additive manufacturing process. Indeed, a few years ago, when I first became fascinated by this technology, I purchased a rather sophisticated computer-aided-design program just to see if, indeed, all the hype was merited. Needless to say, I have been amazed at what one can design, once one learns all the ins-and-outs of the program. But now imagine such programs expanded to be able to design things all the way down to the molecular level all the way up to various parts and so on, and one gets an idea of how rapidly this field is expanding. We've already seen programs being sold for "do-it-yourself-in-your-garage" genetic engineering; couple this to additive manufacturing and this sort of materials engineering, and one gets the idea of the promise both of good (and ill) of the new technologies.

But there's more in this article, and it's this statement that really caught my eye:

Later in his research, Cyr said he wants to “push the boundaries” of manufacturing by investigating the possibility of 3D-printing powered by thought.

“For a human to sit down and come up with the optimal design, we would have to come up with thousands, and thousands, and that would be incredibly time consuming,” said Cyr.

“The beauty of a computer is it has the ability to go through those thousands and thousands of designs. It can actually model a total design space and tell us which one is the best, and it can even come up with things we might not even think of.” (Emphasis added)

Most readers of this website have probably seen those videos of monkeys, and in some cases, humans, with a "neural net" on their heads, making computer cursors, or even mechanical arms, move merely by their thought. Now imagine a similar apparatus, connected to a computer-aided-design program, and a 3D printer, and voila! a design unfolds on the screen and is printed in the computer, a step that would take prototyping to an entirely new level, one that, conceivably, would greatly diminish "lag" time from design to first model output. Think,  for example, of those newsreels and films of design team draftsmen at their tables, manipulating their slide rules and carefully drawing and designing things, from the 1940s and 1950s, and you get the idea: months are compacted into days, or perhaps even a few hours and minutes. My father was an engineer and an architect, and I well remember those long hours he would spend on occasion, spreading blueprints out on the dining room table and going over calculations with his slide rule and later, calculator, making corrections in designs that would often take several hours and nights of after-work devotion. Now, I - an amateur - can do this on a computer-aided-design program and print out designs in much less time.

All of this, of course, implies that mind-mapping-and-reading technologies will proceed at a similar pace, and this recalls former President Obama's "brain project" to map the human brain and its processes in minute detail. Of course, the thing that immediately springs to mind is that such mapping would be of extreme benefit to improving mind-manipulation technologies...

... but if Mr. Cyr and others have their way, it will also transform manufacturing in ways that would have seemed like magic just a few decades ago. And with that compaction of idea-to-prototype time, costs go down.

See you on the flip side...


  1. Genesis 11 anyone?
    6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

    1. You know, that might be an interesting project. Pick a spot with little wind and no hurricanes or earthquakes, so you could get away with little ‘additional’ structural-strength. (Maybe in the Tigris-Euphrates area.) Pick the absolute best-known material for strength-to-weight ratio. Use the best CAD and structures programs to design for absolute minimum structural weight. (Minimal floor-bearing weight, except at the very top levels.) Optimize away. Then build a 3D-printer of sufficient size and mobility that the structure can be built with no ‘joints’. Probably a round-base, tapering-wall, spire shape. Maybe with a single-finger ornament at the very top…

      How high, exactly, could that Tower reach?

  2. In Australia it has been illegal for several years now to own the 3d printing instructions for a gun.
    No doubt soon, if these predictions come true, it will be illegal to think of a design for a gun, ala Carbine Williams (the movie with James Stuart) who dreamed up his gun locked in the bog-hole in jail and F’All else to do.
    (dont worry, all preschoolers mandatory vaccines in Australia soon, they won’t be dreaming up anything, see on vaccine study and spontaneous abortion rates 6X).
    It’s when these machines can eat their own raw materials that we can begin to wonder or worry.

  3. When the mindset is geared to profit; the products produced reflect that. The corporate research is set accordingly; and disregards the living planet for a treasured dead rock of jewels & minerals.
    If the mindset were centered around a living planet; a breath of fresh air and clean waters would be a given, instead of choking on air and drinking polluted waters.
    What; literally, a whole new world we would be living in.
    Thus, the culture produces sages like William S Burroughs who preceed to lay the groundwork in seeding the coming mindset for the new transhumanism:
    Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain on his present biological state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.
    But has mankind even begun to develop the tools within his being to fashion unfound dreams into impossible realities; because his being has been enslaved by malevolent forces?
    Is this 3D thought magnificent manufacturing machine another reflection of a corporate controlled mindset imprisoned by silver-shekel-shackles?

  4. This technology could certainly improve our lives but our oligarchs planned use for it. Is to turn the World into the first Planet Of The Apes movie from 1968 meets Zardoz a psychopath wet dream of torture and murder on a industrial scale. For their twisted pleasure to get off on.

  5. ** WOW.. I thought McCain Fondation was only there to pay ISIS terrorists.. or give Campaign money back to John McCain (but without the taxes).. I didnt realise they were actively supporting commercial applications of Mind Control.. (although there are stories out there that McCain snapped like a twig whilst POW (and who wouldnt) so Im sure he knows all about mind control..

    **Additive manufacturing. It really is the only way we’re going to get spaceships up and running – and space travel.. Just set off a swarm of nanobots

  6. Another article offered as grist for the globalist scheme of depopulation and population control. Yet those who thrive within this intellectual bubble that, as Dr. Farrell has continually reminded us, is devoid of critical thinking beyond their agenda. One of the reasons for the explosion of technologies and ideas over the past century isn’t the small population–but the large one. Markets of sufficient size are required to fund the creation of new technologies. The gene pool must be diverse enough to prevent stagnation and education varied enough to prevent doctrinal group think. The larger the population, the greater potential for novel ideas to come to the marketplace for consideration. Trust me, I do understand the issues of sustainability and exponential population growth. Attention must be given to this before very quickly. However, western civilization has provided a huge inventory of inventions and products that have revolutionized life for humanity as a whole. Though a huge chunk of it comes from corporate laboratories and think tanks, many others came by way of independent research that was marketed independently or purchased by corporation through monetary transactions and patent acquisition processes. Frankly, the ones who preach depopulation the loudest are usually the ones provide the least benefit to the culture they attack.

  7. Given the current state of the world, especially in the West, and it’s accelerating downward spiral into (for want of a better description) evil; the future, driven by such technologies coupled with soulless AI, brings to mind the Terminator series.
    Most new technologies, like this one, are first used and perfected by the Military/Industrial complex for more efficient methods of killing and destruction while being sold to the public for their “beneficial” uses. This is how we ended up with the likes of Facebook, Google, the Internet of things, etc., all of which were and still are driven and financed by that same MIC for more efficient surveillance. We are now spying on ourselves and have traded “security” for freedom.
    Yes, the potential for great good is there, but the initial usage, by far, will be for more nefarious purposes.
    The first “commandment” on the Georgia Guide Stones is to reduce the population to 500,000. They have taken our lack of objection to this as agreeing with it and are proceeding apace with the wholesale genocide of the human race. Virtually everything from our food, medicine, the air we breath, weather, (fake) “news”, that “one road to rule us all”, etc. has been weaponized against the bulk of humanity now by those who would be technocratic “gods” among us , why would this technology be any different.
    The meek cannot possibly inherit the Earth if they are either dead or enslaved.

    1. Hear, hear. Do you know they are not pushing antidepressants for treating fibromyalgia and other inflammatory conditions? Really? This is an echo of a statement made by General Wesley Clark on behalf of another issue, but is applicable by analogy: “If all you have is a hammer with which to solve your problems, then every problem requires a nail.” Spread your bullets to every problem and solve the problem of independent thinking.

  8. In one way, this is old stuff. E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith had his hero, Richard Seaton, constructing his starships, “Skylark Three” and “Skylark of Valeron”, by mental power using some kind of futuristic as sembly that built the hulls from molecules on up (into ‘inoson’: far stronger than steel) – in the 1930s! Only now is the technology catching-up with the vision…

  9. These are the people paying for the research. Worldwide they play a significant role in our food supply. So where or what is the connection between what we eat and ” “push the boundaries” of manufacturing by investigating the possibility of 3D-printing powered by thought.” I’m sure McCain’s food processing plants are second to none when it comes to computers and mechanization so as to limit the number of employees needed. Maybe they’re paying for research in another field altogether. Oligarchs of a feather flock together?

    1. Speaking of food supply I know a family whose job required immigration to the Czech republic for a few years. The whole family immigrated for the present time, and EVERYONE’s health improved. One family member suffered from a severe form of mitochondrial disease and was not expected to live into adulthood. When he left several years ago as a mid-teenager, he was working hard but his health was marginal at best. Today, he is the example of good health, is active, pursuing his dreams and entering into college. It’s amazing what a healthy food supply and homeopathic medicine can do for a person–and a family. As for the rest of the family, ALL of their dietary allergies have regressed and their bodies purged of chemical preservatives. Eating healthy requires clean food. Without clean food it’s a futile exercise. Without clean food the facade of health through exercise, cosmetics and provocative clothing is little more than window dressing.

  10. Later in his research, Cyr said he wants to “push the boundaries” of manufacturing by investigating the possibility of 3D-printing powered by thought.

    “For a human to sit down and come up with the optimal design, we would have to come up with thousands, and thousands, and that would be incredibly time consuming,” said Cyr.

    “The beauty of a computer is it has the ability to go through those thousands and thousands of designs. It can actually model a total design space and tell us which one is the best, and it can even come up with things we might not even think of.”

    This is a straw man argument; the design process Mr. Cyr is describing is actually done much faster by the human quantum computer, the brain, which (if it holds the requisite knowledge and is functioning optimally and of sufficient IQ) will within a split second toss out 99.9% of the designs that are inherently — and obviously — unsuitable. This is called intelligence.

    The whole thing smells like yet another transhumanist snake oil scheme to make humankind look like idiots in comparison to the very machines we purportedly sub-human humans have devised.

  11. Without going into the details of the proposed process, and assuming for sake of argument that this “wonder” it is not just a tool for external thought control, I think most of us can testify to the fact that razor-sharp coherent thought is not necessarily easy to achieve but can improve with practice. And we have a lot of things on our minds that would NOT be suitable for 3D printing!

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