Life in 3D

The President of Foxconn Isn’t Impressed With Your Gimmicky 3D Printers

"If it’s really is that good, then I’ll write my surname ‘Gou’ backwards."
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer

But it’s so SPIFFY. (Photo: MakerBot)

Last week the enthusiasm over 3D printing culminated in the acquisition of Brooklyn’s own MakerBot by the publicly traded Stratasys. But not everyone’s as excited about this particular disruptive technology. Take the head of Foxconn, for example, who recently insisted to the Taiwanese press that it’s just not that big a deal.

VentureBeat reports that earlier this week, he dismissed the innovation as so much hot air:

“3D printing is a gimmick. If it’s really is that good, then I’ll write my surname ‘Gou’ backwards,” Foxconn president Terry Gou told Taiwan media on Monday, dismissing a recent report in the Economist.

According to the South China Morning Post, he also poo-poohed the idea that modern machines will “mean the advent of a third industrial revolution.”

One would think that if 3D printing offered a chance to magic away all those labor issues, Foxconn would probably be all over it.

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