Here's a spooky way to demonstrate the power and creativity of 3D printing. Take a look at this video that shows what 3D printing can bring to a scary Halloween costume.
NeoMek -- a design engineering firm in Batavia, Ill. -- put together the custom Halloween costume to show off the range of possibilities in 3D printing, Jim Clark, NeoMek's vice president, told Design News. "We put it together as a project to bring awareness of the technology in a subject that is familiar to everyone -- like Halloween," he told us. "I've been doing this every day for years. When I tell people, they give me a blank stare."
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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