Why aren’t we allowed to fix our own electronic devices?

Published July 17, 2017

An article in PBS NewsHour by Sara Behdad, assistant professor with a joint appointment in the departments of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and industrial and systems engineering, 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 also appeared in news outlets that include Quartz, England’s Daily Mail, South Africa’s Tech Financials, Government Technology and in print and online in the Chicago Tribune.