Before we get to the gist of this post, let’s first discuss euthanasia. How many of you are aware of what it is? It is the name given to painless killing of a patient. A patient that is suffering from an incurable and painful disease or an irreversible coma. This brings us to the topic; a 3D printed Suicide Machine. An euthanasia advocacy group is promoting this 3d printed apparatus. The apparatus is called Sarco capsule and serves a single purpose; helping in committing suicide and does so efficiently and painlessly.
Who Created Sarco Capsule?
Exit International’s – the company behind this invention, mission is to ‘inform members and support in ther end of life decision-making.’ According to Dr. Philip Nitschke, the founder/director of Exit International, “Sarco does not use any restricted drugs, or require any special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle. Anyone who can pass the entry test can enter the machine and legally end their life.” Dr. Philip is a former physician. He assisted in four suicides that took place in Australia back in the late 1990s. These suicides took place under the short-lived Rights of the Terminally III Act of 1995.
The Sarco capsule has two components; a reusable machine base and a detachable capsule that doubles up as a coffin. Both of the components can be created using a 3D printer and assembled anywhere. According to the company; the design will be free, open-source and placed on the Internet.
Using Sarco capsule is easy and practical. The potential user completes an online mental questionnaire thus earning a four-digit code. This code enables users to open the capsule. Once the patient enters, the lid can be closed and within a few minutes liquid nitrogen lowers the oxygen level.
Within a few minutes, the process is all over. The capsule can be removed and used as a coffin while a new capsule can be created using a 3D printer. The newly 3D printed capsule can then be placed on top of the reusable base.
So, what do you think of this creation? Is there really a need for this and if so, should it be readily available? Share your thoughts with us via comments.