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Update: Spotlight School Success

Update: Spotlight School Success

SUCCESS! Since electing Liberty Elementary School as our Spotlight School, we have come to adore the Liberty family more and more each day.  T

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WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

This week, we bring you a short video on a STEM'tastic educator! Scroll down to WATCH this educator doing what she does best - teachi

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Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Watching super cool EDUCATIONAL videos from across the web is one of our favorite pastimes! Join us in learning more about 3D printing in the clas

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'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the season for GINGERBREAD and working the delicious treat into your family - and CLASSROOM - fun. Last week, as students across the

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Teddy Bears Could Be Among the Latest 3D Printing Opportunities

By Staff Writter

Teddy Bears Could Be Among the Latest 3D Printing Opportunities

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Disney Research is developing a new technology that could turn into the latest 3D printing opportunty. It has created a way to create soft objects such as teddy bears using additive manufacturing technology.

Thus far 3D printing has used relatively hard material such as plastic and metal. The new technology, developed by Scott Hudson from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute and supported by Disney Research involves spinning yarn layer by layer to create a material like felt. The idea is to bring the 3D printing capacity for rapid prototyping to objects such as hats, scarves, and, of course, teddy bears. The project is also experimenting in creating articulate robots made of soft materials.

The research is still in the early stages, with problems with precision and finding the right adhesive, but the project is already proving the utility of 3D printing for such objects, enhancing their strength and durability for example.

The opportunities for such technology, once it becomes mature, is almost endless. Everyone has seen those stores in malls where one is invited to create your own teddy bear. More people have seen those commercials that always run around Valentine’s Day urging you to get a custom made teddy bear for your sweetie. 3D printing technology will only enhance such a service, granting the ability to create customer made stuffed animals, some of which will apparently be animated, thanks to incorporating robotic technology. The possibilities for crowd sourced designs alone are extensive.

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