Terrific Video Introduction to 3D Printing

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Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio as part of NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ programming.

Today, host Ira Flatow will be talking about 3D printing in the first hour of the program which begins at 2p.m. US Eastern time.

Today’s show will talk about this video which profiles 23 year old Jim Smith and the 3D printer he built in his home.

It’s an excellent introduction and explanation of 3D printing, describing the process in simple terms and demonstrating practical uses for everyday people.

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Too bad he didn’t mention MakerBot Industries, since they invented the extruder, boards and software he’s using…and made them open source so guys like Jim can build his own version of a 3D printer.

But the least expensive 3D printer is sold by MakerBot.com for under $1,000.

Agreed. There was no direct naming of the Fab@Home printer either. Perhaps he couldn’t name brands?

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