In a rare appearance on the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kanye West encountered 3D printing at Armenia's Tumo Center, and expressed his fear that it might destroy the fashion industry. "This is what I'm afraid of -- because the Internet destroyed the music industry and now, this is what we're afraid of right now with the textile industry," he said, asserting that "there will come a time when people are making their shoes at home." (Check out video of the appearance here.) Even though the time when this use of the technology would be feasible is far, far off -- what is there to be afraid of? From where I'm sitting, at least, 3D printing looks like an easy way of actually instantiating other people's designs and making them widely accessible to lots and lots of people. But hey, I'm not Kanye. If only we could 3D print SWISH.


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