Maker Mix, with Bill Nye (Part 1) – StarTalk All-Stars

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Makers of the world, unite! In the first part of our 2-part Maker Mix, Bill Nye and Chuck Nice roll up their sleeves to answer Cosmic Queries from our fans about makers and the maker movement. You’ll hear all about the present and the future of 3d printing, from making replacement parts for tractors, to making replacement parts for people like joints and human organs made from one’s own DNA that wouldn’t require anti-rejection drugs. Explore how 3d printing and ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization) can be used to support human colonization of Mars. Bill and Chuck speculate about whether 3d printing could reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing, and how 3d printing could be used in agriculture and food preparation. Find out how Bill thinks 3d printing could revolutionize the creation and dispensation of prescription drugs, surgical tools, and chemical compounds. Dive into some of the details, like how we might be able switch materials used by printers to create items made from both plastic and steel, or whether 3d printed materials can be made as strong as forged or diecast products. All this, plus whether we should move from an emphasis on STEM to one on STEAM that includes the arts, 3d printing of nanobots and nanotechnology, how the Mars 2020 Rover will test the feasibility of creating rocket fuel from the Martian soil, and whether Chuck’s wife would rather have a second, 3d printed version of Chuck or a 3d printed wooly mammoth.

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  • Rob from NJ


    Love the show.

    Re:printed guns

    In NJ (which is where I recall you live), 3D printing a firearm is illegal, as is casting, milling, or carving your own out of a solid hunk of metal.

    Re: children at a range.

    If you’re referencing the Iowa law from earlier this year, that law allowed younger children access while under parental supervision, which is in line with most of the country. Many people view this as useful for teaching firearm safety to children, _especially_ if your job requires you to keep firearms at home.

    AFAICT, it did not open up the ability to walk into a range and rent time to a five year old that couldn’t get on a roller coaster.

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