3DPrinted Euthanasia Machine Doubles as Casket

first_img U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Euthanasia may sound like a nice alternative to 2017. And, thanks to Dr. Death himself, it’s about to get a lot easier.All you need is a 3D printer, some open space, and a death wish.Philip Nitschke, founder of pro-euthanasia group Exit International, recently unveiled plans for the “Sarco” machine, which allows anyone with an access code to “peacefully and reliably” end their life with the press of a button.The first doctor to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, the Australian humanist and former physician literally wrote the book on suicide (“The Peaceful Pill Handbook”).Now, Nitschke wants everyone to have the option of self-murder.A far cry from the Deliverance Machine he developed in the mid-90s, the Sarco looks like something Superman crashed into Earth. Sleek, modern, and “luxurious” (Nitschke’s word, not mine), it features a removable capsule that doubles as a casket. (Plus, the base can be re-used!)The open-source death pod can be 3D printed and assembled anywhere.Go into the light with Sarco (via Exit International)Potential users will answer an online mental questionnaire. Pass, and you’ll receive a four-digit key that lasts 24 hours. According to Newsweek, additional confirmation is needed before the capsule fills with liquid nitrogen and oxygen levels drop.You pass out within a minute. A few moments more, and death becomes you.“Sarco does not use any restricted drugs, or require any special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle,” Nitschke said in a statement. “Anyone who can pass the entry test can enter the machine and legally end their life.”In certain countries, at least.Human euthanasia is currently permissible in five countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Luxembourg, Canada), while assisted suicide is allowed in three countries (Switzerland, Germany, Japan) and six U.S. states (Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, Montana, and California, plus Washington, D.C.).An assisted dying scheme in the Australian state of Victoria will come into effect in mid-2019—a big win for local Nitschke.The Sarco machine—which, according to its creator, is “relatively painless”—will likely become available next year. Nitschke is already in talks with some Swiss suicide clinics to license the instrument.last_img read more