Dawn Of The 3D Printer

Dawn Of The 3D Printer

Science Fiction Meets Reality
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It’s finally 2015 and just like "Back To The Future" predicted, we have hover boards, self-lacing shoes, and even flying cars! Along with that, 2015 has marked many innovations and improvements to technology, such as needle-free vaccines, self-balancing two-wheel cars, a frying pan that teaches you how to cook, and now: the 3D printer.

3D printers have been around for awhile, with the earliest versions being made as early as the 1980s. However, in the last few years, the technology has skyrocketed, leaving imagination to be the only barrier between us and what we can make.

"What’s being printed?"

Well, I’m glad you asked! Currently, there are many different types of 3D printers that print different types of things (which we will go over soon). The most common desktop 3D printers use a plastic filament to print the designs, but there are also printers that can actually print with bronze, gold, cells, etc. The technology is uncannily amazing!

Here are a few amazing things being 3D printed right now:

Prosthetic Hands

Prosthetic hands are becoming a big topic in 3D printing. Having one of them means less weight, softer material, lower costs, and easier replacement for the patient. Limbitless, E-Nable, and Open Hand Project are just a few of the organizations that have formed to develop these prosthetic hands and make them available to people in need of them. Many universities have also joined in this great cause, such as Liberty University, Washington State University, and more.

Bone

Researchers at Washington State University have actually created bone-like materials for 3D printers to utilize. The goal of this technology is to implant a bone scaffold that would promote bone growth before dissolving on its own. Other researchers are even using this technology to understand how cancer cells metastasize in the bone.

Musical Instruments

Yep, you can actually 3D print your favorite instruments! Thingiverse.com is a great place to download free designs for any instrument, including guitars, violins, pianos, drums, basses, ukuleles, and saxophones. Monad Studios, among other companies, actually makes music with 3D printed instruments.

Synthetic Skin

Before Dr. Helen Cho used this technology in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," real life scientists had been developing this technology for similar purposes. Bioprinting, a type of tissue engineering, has been the center of many research projects lately. Organovo and BioBots are currently the leading companies in bioprinting, with plans of even making a desktop bioprinter. Similarly, researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine have developed a 3D printer that can print skin right onto the wounds of burn victims. The US Army is planning to use this technology to treat wounded soldiers and they are almost ready for clinical trials. It’s all pretty cool, right?

Thingiverse.com

This is a free site that is basically 3D printing Twitter. Thingiverse has thousands of designs for people to download, edit, and print. Thingiverse offers all kinds of designs: cosplay items, tech gear, accessories, 3D artwork, iPhone cases, figurines, armor - you name it! Also, 3D Hubs is a great place to find 3D printers near you that you can use.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!

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Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:


1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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