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Vice President Joe Biden Shares the Vision for 3D Printing

Joe Biden Commencement Speech 3D Printing

In the commencent address at Cypress Bay High School in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden inspired the students with a vision of the future where hunger was ended and traumatic injuries could be healed by regenerating tissue and body limbs.

Imagine a day, when in your, doctors are able to regenerate entire body parts and limbs that have been damaged and lost, not only saving tens of thousands of lives, but restoring the thousands of our Iraq and Afghan veterans coming back in need of prostheses, so they will be able to live a full and ambulatory life.

As an aside, in the future, just one example, using 3D printers, we’re going to be able to restore tissue after traumatic injury or burn; restore it back to its original state. It’s literally around the corner.

Imagine a world in which hunger is vanquished by crops that don’t depend on the soil, water or fertilizer, or pesticides to thrive; they’re just around the corner.

He encouraged the graduating high school students to think big.

“You are going to lead those changes as you leave this school, so don’t sell yourself short,” Biden said. “Don’t think small. Don’t give into cynicism, don’t give into the negativity that pervades our public discourse. And imagine.”

Via 3dprinter.net and Miami Herald.

Fab Lab of the Week: G. Wiz Science Museum in Sarasota, Florida

This week’s featured Fab Lab is the G. Wiz Science Museum in Sarasota, FL.

The Faulhaber Fab Lab was established at G. WIZ in May 2011. There are currently only 150 fabrication labs in the world and Sarasota’s Fab Lab at G. WIZ is the first to appear in the southeastern United States. The Fab Lab concept was originally conceived at MIT by Professor Neil Gershenfeld.

“If you think it, we can create it here in the Fab Lab” says Eric McGrath, foreman at the Faulhaber Fab Lab at the GWIZ Science Museum in Sarasota. The museum’s mission is to serve as a “gateway for lifelong adventures in science,” and was founded in 1990. The Fab Lab at the GWIZ museum came into being through the generous donations of Dr. Fritz Faulhaber who through the Faulhaber Family Foundation donated $400,000 to GWIZ to launch the project. It is a champion of science education not only in Sarasota County, but the entire state of Florida. What defines the fab lab is “personal manufacturing.” It is “custom creation” at its best. Its main purpose is to make one of a kind product rather than mass manufactured products.