This episode looks at the rapidly growing field of 3D printing, which is similar to ordinary printing except that the output is not ink on paper, but solid 3-dimensional objects. The program includes a visit to the Menlo Park TechShop for a 3D printing demonstration, and also a visit to the 3D printing facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The studio guests are Clay Lambert, General Manager of the Menlo Park TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop that provides members with access to a wide range of tools, and Blaine Dehmlow, General Manager of the San Francisco TechShop. Blaine is also on the Advisory Board of Type A Machines, a company that designs and builds 3D printers. His job there is to develop new uses for the machines. Martin Wasserman hosts.
Divided into 3 shorter segments
Segment 1 A discussion of 3D printing technology and samples of printed objects
Segment 2 A visit to the Menlo Park TechShop for a 3D printing demonstration
Segment 3 A visit to the 3D printing facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and further discussion of possible uses of the technology