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'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS

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Elizabeth M
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Exciting stuff
Elizabeth M   9/16/2014 6:13:37 AM
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This must be so exciting for James, who himself shows to have quite an impressive mind. I think programs like CityX are great for bringing to light the potential of youngsters like James who previously would not have had such an opportunity. Imagine what innovations can come about if kids are encouraged to use their imaginations so much earlier and have the opportunity to showcase and realize their inventions like this. I really enjoyed writing about CityX and James the "Space Kid," as this shows the future of engineering and also the wonderful opportunities that kids have today to shine in STEM areas.

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Charles Murray   9/16/2014 6:56:45 PM
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What a wonderful story. This is indeed a great experience for James. It also serves as an example of the powerful effect of 3D printing. It's going to give kids like James an opportunity to use their imaginations in ways they couldn't have up until now.

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Cabe Atwell   9/16/2014 6:59:20 PM
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James has such an incredible analytical mind. The M&M dispenser is just the icing on the cake!

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Elizabeth M   9/17/2014 5:44:06 AM
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I know, I love how carefully he worked out not only the technical details but also the emotional needs of the patient to ensure the person would be comfortable. M&Ms...brilliant!

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Elizabeth M   9/17/2014 6:45:51 AM
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You nailed it, Chuck. 3D printing is such a disruptive technology and its effect is so far reaching, not only in the areas of pure technology but also in inspiration and imagination. I think more than any other technology being used today, it has the potential to have the same impact as something like the Internet has had in our lives.

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Quite an interrestng concept
William K.   9/17/2014 8:54:30 AM
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This is interesting and a sort of new idea. I don't think anyother medical system would include an M&M dispensor, ha is briliant indeed. The foot massager would also be useful in improving circulation for the lower body, which is often a concern when fks are immobilized for extended times. But I am not so sure that putting it on a roller coaster track woud be practical, but probably a hexapod motion system could provide a fair approximation of the ride, and stillfit ina hospial room, or in a home.

This is certainly an out-of-the-box concept, and it brings up a point that possibly kids can come up with those new ideas that are so valuable to the marketing people.

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Elizabeth M   9/17/2014 10:00:59 AM
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Indeed, I think we can safely say, William K., nothing exactly like this has been invented before. Sometimes it takes something like the pure mind of a child to come up with something completely new and different. It's great that programs like CityX and technologies like 3D printing can come together to make this sort of thing happen.

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William K.   9/18/2014 10:59:56 PM
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The challenge with ideas like this one is the very large gap between concept and reality. Bringing a concept into marketable reality is the place for engineering. But we find that sometimes, while something can be done, iut can not be done economically.That is where we have the problems, since the marketing department has already decided the selling price. 

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