Those of us that have been doing rapid prototyping for over 20 years are a bit taken aback by the sudden interest by the mainstream public in 3D printing, but in good way. We have been amazed by this technology for decades and have been evangelizing about its uses even before we bought our first Stereolithography machine in 1994.
Two recent news stories have really brought the technology out into open where producers in news rooms are starting to take notice. The first is the video of some guy who built a single shot gun on FDM machine. The second is the fact that Staples will start selling “hobby” 3D Printers in their stores. So those same producers googled Phoenix and 3D Printing and they got PADT. We were more than happy to help set the record straight on additive manufacturing, where it is, and where it is going. Here are stills of all of our soon to be discovered stars:
The first interview was a nice one on Channel 12, but it never got put on the internet so you will just have to take our word for it, we were fabulous.
The next video was on the local ABC affiliate, channel 15 and we talked about 3D Printing and also made a copy of the reporters head:
The List: The Futurist: 3D Printing a beak, a break and something in vain
Next came another story on the same channel, really focused on the whole printed gun thing. John here at PADT did a great job staying focusing on the technology and what it could do. They even got a shot of our building sign, which made us very happy:
Channel 15 News: 3D Printed Gun Story
Up to that point everything was recorded and edited. Then the local CBS station, Channel 5 asked us to do a live segment where we scanned the news anchors head then talked about the technology while we built it. It was a lot of fun and Mario was great. Here is the final segment from that show:
We look forward to doing more in the future. And maybe one day soon, the general public will get just as excited about numerical simulation, now there is some compelling TV.