The idea of three-dimensional printing is beginning to reach into the non-technical community, as the technology intersects with consumerism. One such example of this is a recent episode of the Ovation network’s television show My Design Life, a fun half-hour geared towards women interested in design — not graphic computer design, but in industrial design — beautiful and innovative design.
In this episode, Lisa S. Roberts and Maria Eife explore 3D printing and how it is used in design. Their challenge is to convince their producer that a show on such a technical topic won’t be a snooze-fest for the viewers. This episode follows their quest to do so.
To begin their 3d printing education, they spend some time speaking with trend-setting designer Patrick Jouin, who is pioneering the melding of high tech and high design in the area of 3D printing.
Then, Lisa and Marie take a trip to the Philadelphia’s high-tech workshop, NextFab, to check out a 3D printer in action. And, the following day, their producer surprises them with a Stratasys uPrint Personal 3D Desktop Printer, delivered to their office, where they then design and print some jewelry.
But they really have their eyes opened when they go to Moss, the high design store in New York City where 3D Printing solutions company, Materialise, has an exhibit of beautiful and interesting items, all printed from 3D printers.
Needless to say, the show’s producer of My Design Life was sold on the idea of 3D printing being an exciting enough topic for a mainstream television show. And that says a lot about how far 3D printing has come.