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Why can’t we fix our own electronic devices?

Published July 12, 2017

An article in The Conversation by Sara Behdad, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, looks at the benefits of supporting people who want to repair and reuse their electronic devices when they break.

“Companies shouldn’t fear people taking too much into their own hands, though: While it’s been possible for a few years to 3-D print and hand-assemble entire computers, they’re not very good. People are much more likely to buy corporate-made devices; they just want to be able to repair them when they break down,” she writes.

Read the story here.

The article appeared in news outlets around the country, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Albany Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, Greenwich Time and WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.