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All that muttering?  Meanwhile, random Scottish surgeon is just doing it.  Details and howto :  http://twitter.com/#!/3DBONES

It looks like 3D-printing bones is headed toward the mainstream, for the previsualisation it offers surgeons.
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A while back I mused about the toolchain you'd need to print CT scans in a 3D printer, for autogothic drinking skulls.  Well, nobody's done exactly that, but there's a chap featured on BoingBoing who has a nice detailed post on doing the same thing for crocodile skulls

You know, I'm sure there's a qualifier to the Singularity that reads, "future shock is when whatever you can think of, somebody's already doing it". 
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I want to print bones of animals that never existed!” - et voila, bonemeal and binder and that's the sort of thing artists do.  Expect weird beauty over the coming months: fingery ribcages cradling pseudo-ossified impossible hearts and teratological ocarinas.

Now add the food printing from a couple of weeks ago, and load it with doner meat.  They haven't done meat yet, but that's only because they have taste and decency.  

Now, at last, I can realize the bar-fight scene from a uni Shadowrun game: an underground bierkeller full of orks and trolls, weird meat on the bone, vile beers, and bones hurled at the band (and the player-party) before breaking into a brawl.  Future: You are mine!
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Musing about toolchains here.  For those of you with lives, a toolchain is, er, a chain of tools that run sequentially to perform what looks like an awesome task.  So for example the chain that builds my Garmin map starts with a download of OSM stuff, then decompresses it, splits it into bite-size chunks, turns those chunks into Garmin-formatted chunks, applies a style, adds some other Garmin material that doesn't come from OSM, compresses it, sends it up to the cloud and tweets about it.  The only creative thing I've done is the style; the rest is all just working out (from wikis and forms and chat) what tools are needed to do what, and getting them to do it. 

I did the Garmin map because I wanted a pretty all-purpose map that showed my edits quickly, and doing it myself was the best way to get that.  A lazy nerd with a clear goal is a good starting point for a toolchain.  ^_^

Now I want to quaff wine from a cup made from my own skull.  Byronic inscription optional.  Clearly my actual skull is busy keeping my tasty tasty brains from getting out (it scrabbles at the fontanel sometimes, like a little think-pudding shoggoth, but I digress).  So, to SCIENCE!  Medical scanners can do what's needed.  The scanners will have their own file formats; I'll either need to export in a standard, or get a converter (over on Thingiverse, there's a skull that passed through Google Sketchup format).  Once it's in a format regular 3D peeps can use, it will need cleanup to remove any scanner artifacts (slices and shadows) and false information (not-bone).  It may need resolution change, much like a high-detail image needs resolution change for desktop printing.  And then it needs to get into a 3D print format, fed to Shapeways and turned out in quaffingstuff.

I know absolutely nothing about 3D modelling, so this could be an adventure!  I should hit this guy up. If any of you have skillz, do let me know!
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Fall of the damned3D printing - fabrication or fabbing - is a funny thing.  You start with a digital file and a make-anything 3D printer machine.  The printer chugs away and makes whatever you've given it, from shot glasses to Second Life characters, through to the Danté-esque Fall of the Damned on the right, lamp depicting writhing, interwtined bodies.

The lamp is a limited run of forty pieces at a super-premium $45,000 price.  But there's absolutely no reason for that.  Digital file, makey-machine.  This is only limited because someone has chosen it to be limited.

Fabbing has the potential to be a truly disruptive technology: think of the Feed in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age - a consumer-level technology that lets the average person work a consumer-level interface to get shoes or a burrito.  Closer to reality is the RepRap project, home 3D-printing open-source enthusiasts who are trying to make printers which can print their own parts.  Now that truly would be a disruptive technology.

So, if anyone wants to upload Fall of the Damned to BitTorrent, let's get the revolution started. 

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