Lending A Hand . . .

Work today consisted mostly of making up and printing out labels for the many products that my client sells.

All my new Avery labels came in on Saturday so I was able to print out all the rest of them.

As I mentioned before, if you  want to do anything printing labels or cards, then you need to download a free copy of the Avery Design & Print program. Very powerful and easy to use.

Tonight after I got home I fixed us hot dogs made with Nolan Ryan’s Angus Beef dogs. And they’re big enough to hang over the end of the buns.

Hot Dogs

I like mine with mayo, spicy mustard, and relish. I first line the bottom of the buns with cheese and then toast them in the toaster oven until the cheese is melted and the buns are a light brown.

Jan likes hers with ketchup, spicy mustard, and relish. The other way I like mine is New York Style, with sauerkraut, spicy mustard, and grilled or raw onions. Both ways good.

We still don’t have our Facebook emoticons back, although several of our friends say they do. Where under a post we used to be able to hover the mouse over the Like button and then see a range of different emoticons, laughing, crying, etc., but a while now our only choice has been to ‘Like’ a post or not.

So how about ya’ll? Do you have the emoticons or not?

In the past I’ve done several blogs talking about the rise of 3D printing. In the beginning the printers used high-density polyethylene, also known as HDPE. Or as you know it, milk jug plastic. So not very strong. But led to some really fun looking toys.

3D Toy Sub

But things are changing fast.

One advance was 3D printing in molten glass, leading to these art pieces. From this beautiful vase,

3D Molten Glass Vase

to this massive glass chandelier.

3D Molten Glass Chihuly-Chandelier

The other advance is now to be able to print in actual metal, specifically guns. The first ones were essentially ‘one-shot wonders’, looking more like a toy, and only able to fire a couple of shots before they came apart.

3D-printed-gun-Liberator-006 -2

But now guns can be printed in real metal, leading to this Colt 1911 .45 caliber replica. Certainly not a ‘one shot wonder, it’s been fired over 5000 times with no problems.

3D Printed Metal Gun

But on a new note, this is 7 year old Hailey Dawson.

Hailey Dawson

And this is her 3D printed hand.

Hailey Dawson Hand

And this 3D printed hand allowed her to throw out the first pitch of Game 4 of this year’s World Series.

Born with Poland Syndrome, Hailey is missing 3 fingers on her right hand, and has an underdeveloped thumb and pinky. This means she can not really grip anything with that hand. So a prosthesis was in order.

But there was a problem. A prosthetic hand cost about $20,000, and someone of Hailey’s age would need a new one ever six months or so. Probably too expensive in the long run. But 3D printing is changing all that.

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Right now Hailey is on her eighth hand, with each one costing about $5,000, and the price is dropping fast. Even better, at this point, when Hailey outgrows her old one and needs a new, larger one, the design software can resize the models and a new hand can be printed overnight.

You can read more about Hailey’s story here.


And here:


I think we’re going to be amazed at what’s coming down the pike with 3D printing in the next few years.

The Word of the Day is:  Descry 

Thought for the Day: 

The sinking of the Titanic must have been a miracle to the lobsters in the kitchen.


10 Responses to Lending A Hand . . .

  1. Lynette says:

    We have the emoticans! We never lost ours…hopE you get yours back soon!!

  2. Chris says:

    Yes, have never lost my emoticons. Have you tried signing out and back in? Full version or mobile app same or different?

  3. Nick Russell says:

    Where’s the .45?

  4. Bill says:

    We have the emoticans! We never lost ours.


  5. Bob Jae says:

    Never Lost our emotions.

  6. Linda in NE says:

    I expect some amazing things will happen with 3D printing, but really, do we want the criminals and terrorists printing out their own untraceable guns?

    • gregwhite says:


      It seems like every new technology comes with a downside. Fire, Cars, Airplanes, Nuclear Power. All can be used for good and evil.

      And anyway you can buy a small CNC machine that will allow you to make any kind of gun, including machine guns, from plans on the internet. And the CNC machine is cheaper than a decent 3D printer, or at least one that will print guns.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate your comments.


  7. Snowbird says:

    Reading the article, I see the university estimates tool cost of lab, etc to be $5,000 … at first I though that was the price.

    Local guy using his employers $2,500 3d printer made one for his niece for $50 of material.


  8. Merideth says:

    3-D printing has always intrigued me. I love the technology even if I don’t understand how it works. It is making our world a much better place I think. Thanks for sharing, Gregg.

  9. Patricia Kitchen says:

    Lobster observation… not if their claws were bound. 🙁

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