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Glenn Beck is 3D printing’s most unlikely advocate yet (video)

Conservative media personality Glenn Beck is known for a lot of things, but being at the forefront of technology probably isn’t one of them.

Which is why it was such a surprise to see Beck take the time Tuesday to exalt the wonders of 3D printing.

“This is the latest, greatest technology,” Beck said as the MakerBot Replicator 2 hummed beside him.

Perhaps predictably, Beck’s interest in 3D printing extends further than just a “gee-whiz” appreciation for the technology. As he correctly notes, 3D printing has some major applications that stretch far beyond just the creation of tiny plastic trinkets.

“Jobs will come back to America because you’ll be able to make things again,” Beck said.

The entire segment is worth watching, if only because Beck is surprisingly on point and informed throughout it. “This is Napster for physical things,” he shrewdly observes, all the while avoiding much of the bombastic fear-mongering he’s so frequently accused of being the source of.


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