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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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3D Printed Ladies' Head Gear

By Staff Writter

3D Printed Ladies' Head Gear

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Ancient British tradition is meeting 21st Century high tech, according to a recent story in the UK Telegraph. The Royal Ascot is one of the oldest and largest racing events in Europe, being attended by the royal family and the cream of British society. The dress code includes fashionable hats for the ladies. Now the custom has presented a 3D printing opportunity.

A milliner named Gabriela Ligenza has created a 3D printed hat that incorporates the lines of a poem written especially for 2014’s Royal Ascot. With a computer aided design, the process uses powdered nylon to create the hat layer by layer in an additive manufacturing process which each layer fused by a laser, After the hat is printed, a compressed air gun is used to remove the excess nylon powder from the finished article.

3D printing is being used to create everything from rocket engines to prosthetic limbs. The technology is only now being recognized as something that can be applied for high fashion. When 3D printing technology is married to imagination, just about anything can be created.

While hats are not as common a fashion accessory for women as they have been in decades past, they are still worn for special occasions. Indeed, as the Huffington Post once indicated, there are elaborate rules for women wearing hats in public, depending on the occasion, what sort of clothing is being worn, and what material the hat is made of. What sort of rules will be developed for 3D printed hats? One can only imagine the sort of fashion faux pas will occur as the technology is used more often.

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