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Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing

Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers. This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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Paintings reveal what people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like There are few things as fascinating as seeing what people in the past dreamed about the future. "France in the Year 2000" is one example. The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000. The first series of images were printed and enclosed in cigarette and cigar boxes around the time of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, according to the Public Domain Review, then later turned into postcards. Lots of their ideas involve mechanized devices, flying, or a combination of the two.

3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming 3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming The handheld computers we carry in our pockets represent almost unimaginable complexity. Batteries, sensors, chips, circuits, and touch displays in a space age shell, all painstakingly assembled by thousands of workers and shipped globally. Smartphones have disrupted numerous industries. He wanted to challenge what people saw when they looked at him. Clearly, his getup did the trick. What does an American look like? That's the question Vishavjit Singh wanted to explore in the film below. He's so often mistaken as a "foreigner" that he decided to wear his American identity on his sleeve — and the rest of his body for that matter — and hit the streets of New York City to see how people would react. Singh was born in Washington, D.C. He's as American as it gets. But more specifically, he's an American Sikh.

3D Printer Builds Homes From Mud In Impoverished Areas Nearly one billion people around the globe are homeless or live in substandard housing. In the era of 3D printing, some have addressed this crisis through quickly built concrete buildings. While this method would create a secure dwelling, delivering the raw materials and bulky printer increases the cost significantly, reducing its feasibility. Gordon Parks' 1950s Photo Essay On Civil Rights-Era America Is As Relevant As Ever Going to church. Playing around the house. Window shopping. World’s tallest 3D-printed building showcased in China A Chinese engineering and design firm has unveiled the world’s tallest 3D-printed building - a five-storey residential apartment block made from recycled construction materials. The building was made by the Shanghai-based company called WinSun Decoration Design Engineering. The company's epic custom-built 3D printer cost roughly US$2.3 million and took the company 12 years to manufacture.

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3D Printer Delivered to Space Station Launching New Era of Space Manufacturing If space is the final frontier, we pilgrims have a lot to learn. To date, we’ve rarely ventured far beyond the thin envelope of Earth’s atmosphere. Why? Because we can’t yet survive long in space without dangling a supply line into the gravity well. First-World Anarchists Who Don't Care About Your Rules Are you the rebellious type? Do you like to bend the rules, disregard the writing in fine print? A rebel lives in all of us–dogs, cats, and trees included.

12-Year-Old Receives First 3D Printed Vertebra Implant After a soccer injury revealed a malignant tumor on the spinal cord of a 12-year-old boy from China, he required extensive surgery at Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH). Doctors needed to remove second vertebra to prevent the cancer from spreading, and the bone required an implant afterward. The device used was created with a 3D printer, making the boy the first person ever to receive a vertebral implant crafted in this manner. While there are traditional, pre-fabricated devices that can be implanted into the vertebral column, one made with a 3D printer offers certain advantages.

Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks. According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites.” “Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to help a patient to recognise the reasons for his or her compulsive behaviour and then to learn how to moderate it,” he told the Sunday Mirror. A British male teenager tried to commit suicide after he failed to take the perfect selfie.

3D Scanner Digitally Immortalizes Invaluable Masterpieces in Five Minutes Flat Last year, the Smithsonian opened a virtual museum. With Smithsonian X 3D Explorer users can take a virtual tour of (and even 3D print) high-definition digital models of artifacts like Lincoln’s life mask or the Wright Brother’s plane. It’s a brilliant concept. Once digital, artifacts can be easily accessed and explored in detail by researchers, students, and ordinary museum goers.

15 Powerful Quotes From the World's Most Humble President "Modest yet bold, liberal and fun-loving." Naming Uruguay the country of the year in 2013, the Economist may very well have described the rising nation's head of state, President José "Pepe" Mujica. Known for his unusual frankness, fiery oration and bold leadership to turn ideas into action, the 78-year-old leader possesses and practices the very characteristics that many world leaders fail to emulate. He has also garnered international acclaim for his progressive policies, down-to-earth personality and simple presentation, which has earned him a reputation as "the world's poorest president."