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Man dubbed 'Dr Death' creates 3D printed machine for people to kill themselves

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Nov 29, 2017, 12:37 pm IST
Updated Nov 29, 2017, 12:37 pm IST
Dr Nitschke developed the device which can be 3D printed and assembled anywhere, enabling people to commit suicide by pressing a button.
Liquid nitrogen fills the capsule as oxygen goes down causing a peaceful death (Photo: Twitter)
 Liquid nitrogen fills the capsule as oxygen goes down causing a peaceful death (Photo: Twitter)

The debate about allowing people to take their own lives as a way to seek relief from pain and suffering has been going on in countries across the globe. As Victoria becomes the first state to legalise euthanasia, a man nicknamed Dr Death due to his support for the practice has come up with a machine for the same.

The machine invented by Dr Phillip Nitschke is 3D printed and comes with a detachable capsule that can be used a coffin. Nitschke developed the device named Sarco with help from Dutch engineer Alexander Bannick.

 

The machine which allows people to commit suicide by simply pressing a button can be 3D printed and assembled anywhere in the world. Its free open-source design was released on the internet after it was unveiled at the euthanasia conference in Canada in late October.

People need to answer a mental questionnaire online to get an access code for the capsule. As soon as the machine is activated, liquid nitrogen fills the capsule as oxygen drops leading to a peaceful death in a matter of minutes.

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