RADICAL: MIT Scientists Invent Brand New Form of 3-D Printing

Two words: Mind. Blown.

3-D printing has become the rallying cause for a rising generation of designers, engineers, and architects. There seems to be few limits to what the technology can do or what range of products it can spawn, from lampshades to lunar bases. Amid all the hype, however, it’s easy to neglect one key factor: Printing capabilities are directly wedded to the size of one’s printer…

…MIT-based researchers and instructors Marcelo Coelho and Skylar Tibbits teamed up to tackle this very problem… The solution is breathtakingly simple. By merely folding the object you want to print, you can jig it to fit into a small-scale printer… [they use] a dense cluster of thin but sturdy polymer links packaged in a three-dimensional puzzle that can be intuitively assembled.

…The chains are programmed with multidirectional notches, so that they can be latched together at right angles. Assembly is quick because each chain can only bend in the way it’s designed to, thus removing a large obstacle that plagues most 3-D-printing ventures. The final product, then, will look exactly as it does on your computer screen but will be structurally sound enough to stand on its own in physical space. In the process, Tibbits suggests, scale becomes virtually, if not entirely, irrelevant…

Please don’t tell any Democrats about this innovative new technology, because if they find out about it, I’m betting they’ll invent 12 new ways to tax it.

Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

OH, MY: The Associated Press demands editors stop printing Obama’s staged “propaganda” photos

Anyone in the White House ever heard of Leni Riefenstahl?

I thought not.

The Associated Press continues to express its utter disgust with the Obama White House. Which happens to be the first administration in American history to run its own news operation. Because **** you.

Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers.

These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon.

The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term–and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office…

…Previous administrations were less strict about photos, undermining Obama’s frequent claim that he strives to run “the most transparent administration” in history.

Lyon made his remarks at the AP Media Editors national conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll echoed Lyon’s concerns.

…Carroll advised newspaper editors who were present to stop using the White House’s preferred photos in their own stories, according to Lail and other attendees.

I commend the AP, and CNN, and CBS News — to name but a few — that have finally decided to begin speaking truth to power.

Hat tips: Poor Richard and BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal