Until Next Week...

Phew, what a week.  We've been battling illness big time.  I think it is the sickest I've been in years and the same can be said for my kids.  Thank goodness the hubby has so far stayed well!

But besides runny noses, ear aches, coughs, and I've had 3D printing on the mind. I've always been impressed with the technology, especially for biological applications.  I just always thought of the machines as expensive and not really an option for your home office.  I loved reading an update on the technology here this week.  I think I'd really enjoy the Makers book mentioned in the article as well.

I had no idea that the prices for a 3D printer had become so affordable.  We're talking as low as $500.  My kids are little young now, but I can imagine how these things would be such great instruments for kids to learn to create and solve problems while playing.  They could make dollhouse furniture, jewelry, or action figures.  Or use the same set of skills to solve real problems.  I remember when my parents brought home our first computer.  I was in awe of the fact that you could paint...on a computer!  It was what I remember most of our first computer...that and the disappointment upon realization that our printer only printed in black and white.  I could see the potential though, just like I can with home 3D printers. Sure there is a way to go.  But there is just so much potential, and that's so exciting!

Right now you don't even have to own your own 3D printer though.  A company called Shapeways will make your 3D designs a reality today.  I don't know what I'd use it for--yet--but there is just something so exciting about tools which are limited just by your imagination.  And I like thinking about that.  It excites me kind of like printing on fabric.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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