I am fascinated by this technology. I first heard about it years ago at a chess tournament, of all places. One of the other chess parents was working on an early prototype. I had trouble understanding how such a thing could be. Creating a 3D object out of a copy machine?
Now that such things are functioning, I have a better understanding but the same fascination. I’ve written several (yet to be published) stories featuring 3D printing, and backed a kickstarter (the Buccaneer!) to create household versions of the printers.
Imagine! You need a new garbage pail – print one out! Your child draws a cute Cthulhu monster – print one out.
Next step – animating such creations. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa……
Yesterday I turned off my computer, pulled on garden gloves, and worked on the pots on my back deck. I didn’t just stick new annuals into the holes left from the dead things I pulled out (my usual modus operandi). I refilled the pots with fresh soil and set up a few new pots. The sun was shining.
The SUN was shining! It was HOT! What a glorious day. I topped it off with a ferry ride to my daughter’s evening lacrosse game. They were playing a team on Bainbridge Island, just across the sound from Seattle. Crisp air, blue sky, Seattle skyline behind me and shadowy blue mountains looming just past the island – food for the soul. I watched the water rushing below me, the only way you could tell that the ferry was moving fast.
I gave a huge sigh and let it all go – all the tension, stress, and anxiety. I just breathed.
They won an incredibly exciting, well matched game. On the ride home, I stood on the upper ferry deck and watched the full moon glisten the dark water. Seattle’s skyline sparkled, orange jewels strung against the night.
I just breathed.