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Want to Join a Band? Print Yourself a Guitar

We've told you about printed pets, printed robots, printed meat, and even a printed gun. Now a musician has created the first 3D-printed acoustic guitar.

When Scott Summit wanted to play music, he created a 3D model of an acoustic guitar on his laptop, then sent it to 3D Systems, which used its massive 3D printers to transform his graphic model into an actual instrument that Summit can play. In Bloomberg Business Week, Ashlee Vance quotes him as saying "It's rich and full and has a great tonal range."

Summit has a history of guitar longing. Vance quotes him as saying that, as a kid, "I wanted a $3,000 one like Jerry Garcia would play." He didn’t have the money, so he spent around $100 on wood and other parts and built his own guitar, but "it sounded like crap."

Commerce has moved from retail stores to the internet. Will the next step be from the laptop to the printer?

In 1998, a mysterious man that Whitley Strieber calls the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all kinds of things he didn't know--but when he checked them out later, he found out they were TRUE. One of his statements was that "there are many universes," which led Whitley to discover the concept of parallel universes, which quantum physicists feel definitely exist (in fact, that may be where the "Visitors" come from).



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