This blew my mind. The GSD just purchased two new laser cutters, for a total of 8. Good for them. Waiting in line from 7 pm till 7 am to sign up for a laser last year was inhumane.
It's definitely an interesting part of the culture though. There's a dependence on the laser cutter and also a push from some of the professors to be using it as a means of expedient model building. The problem is that every means of production produces a certain set of outcomes. I've found that I've gradually stopped thinking about other possible ways of modeling, other ways of taking ideas and making them three-dimensional. In a way it actually limits what kind of ideas I can really tackle. If life ever slows down, I hope to recover that. Of course, to some degree I'm the one who has to decide to slow down not just the environment around me.