Stephen Colbert's 3D printed head goes to space

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19 Responses to “Stephen Colbert's 3D printed head goes to space”

  1. anyone think colbert’s mock self absorption is still complicit with genuine self-absorption?

  2. xenphilos says:

    It just needs a voice module like those found in teddy bears and we’ll have ourselves a Colbert space core.

  3. jennybean42 says:

    What happened with the cops there? I wish they had left some of that in

  4. Joyce Grant says:

    Thank you! Having read about 3D printers here for ages, this is the first time I’ve seen one in action and finally “got” what the heck it is! That’s pretty amazing. What does it use for “ink”?

    • Bucket says:

      Big spools of plastic filament, usually about 3mm in diameter. The plastic melts around 220 degrees C (~430 F) but cools and hardens rapidly once it’s squeezed out of the printer’s heater nozzle.

      There are other plastics you can use that have different properties, or you can also switch to print heads that use big syringes to print with gooier stuff, like frosting.

  5. Mark S says:

    Oh Oh!!!! I got a good idea for the NASA scientists!!! Take one of those printers to the freakin’ space station!!! If something breaks and they ever need a special part, they can just upload the data and print it out! Brilliant!!!

  6. jennybean42 says:

    I don’ think it would work quite the same way in 0 gravity, sadly.

  7. Mr_Smooth says:

    Why did the “Connecticut forest” look like a New Guinea jungle? What’s up with the jurassic vines? So many questions.

  8. CognitiveDissident says:

    Just a thought, how hard would it be to use electrolysis to create hydrogen as a lighter-than-air gas instead of helium? Too time-consuming to make the gas, maybe? If it worked, then you wouldn’t need to rely on store-bought helium. (I guess there is the whole ‘splosion factor going against it, though.)

  9. bangagong says:

    Will you report when this ends up in a landfill along with all the other 3D printed plastic crap? Every time I read one of these 3D printing posts, all I see is “look what we put in the garbage today!!” Hooray for trash!

    • Inchoate says:

      I think your cynicism is misplaced. When people print something, they are purposefully creating an object to be used — not garbage to be thrown out.

      • bangagong says:

        How am I cynical? How long will this Colbert head be a worshiped talisman? A year? Ten? Lets give it 50 years of it sitting on a shelf as a conversation piece. FIFTY years before no one gives a crap about it. Then it goes to a landfill for 1000 years. Will humans outlast the Colbert head? It’s kitsch. It’s plastic. It will end up in a landfill next to all the water bottles. 3D printing = more plastic crap. Even if you pass it down for generations, eventually someone will put it in a landfill.

      • Little John says:

        When people print something, they are purposefully creating an object to be used — not garbage to be thrown out.

        What office do you work in?

  10. Robin Johnson says:

    You’ll probably be flying in a 3D-printed airplane before long!

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