3D printed drugs decades away says expert

On Monday, Engineering.com posted an article highlighting New Zealand’s Minister of Customs fear about illicit 3D printed drugs, specifically ecstasy, hitting the street within a few years.

In a recent statement, Olaf Diegel, a Massey University lecturer and 3D-printed guitar maker, has rejected those claims stating raw materials used to print drugs could still be controlled within a countries borders.

According to Massey, “Right now printers can’t reproduce down to the atomic level…3D printing won’t be an issue for customs because you still need the materials within each border to make drugs or guns,”

Beyond Massey’s claim that materials would still have to be sourced locally, he also believes that the state of 3D printing is decades away from creating objects at the atomic level.

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Source: Engineering.com

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