In last week’s episode of Scorpion on CBS, 3D scanning and printing was at the center of the plot. In the episode called “Djibouti Call“, the characters used 3D printing to try to take down a group of bad guys by disrupting their funding which came through selling artifacts. By switching the real thing for a 3D printed fake they could wreck the groups reputation in antiquities Continue reading
I opened up my e-mail and was shocked to see Subway and 3D printing together with their #FULLYBAKED #CONTEST. The contest is being run through Twitter and until the end of the month you’re challenged to enter your sub inspired ideas to win prizes. I wasn’t shocked by the $500 gift card, but the offer of a 3D printed model of your idea was an amazing touch! This is the first mass market contest I can remember with a 3D printing twist. Get your ideas in, thanks Subway!
We’ve spoken in the past about some of the environmental benefits of 3D printing, but there are always two sides to a coin. The polymers often used in 3D printing can have impurities from their manufacturing process, coatings or other compounds which can cause health and environmental concerns. There was even an “accidental” study about 3D printed items being toxic to fish. A new company 3DPrintClean has a KickStarter campaign to capture the 3D printing plastic emissions that can be released during the printing process using a novel enclosure. Continue reading
You know you’ve gone mainstream when Family Guy can use you for humor! In season 14 and episode 11 called “The Peanut Butter Kid” go to 15:21 to see Peter’s use for a 3D printer!