TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Kacie Hultgren

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.27.59 AMEditor’s note: Jim curates TEDxBroadway each year, working with the speakers on their presentations and helping them to answer the question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Below is his insight into the process, so you can find out exactly how this informative and inspiring day comes together.

Houston, print me a wrench.

A few years ago, that sentence would be gibberish, but Kacie Hultgren and her colleagues in the 3-D printing world have made it perfectly grammatically acceptable.

In fact, Houston (as in NASA) did print a wrench for the International Space Station a few months ago so that the astronauts could fix something on the Space Station. FedEx after all still only delivers on the surface of the planet. Actually, it was the astronauts who took the design information from NASA via internet and printed their own wrench on their own 3-D printer.

Kacie knows all about the emerging technology of 3-D printing and gives a great overview for us in her talk, but she’s also a stage designer and is at the forefront of using 3-D printing to make things for the stage that are super specific to one production, one scene, one very special need.

You’ve probably heard about or even seen 3-D printers at work, but if you haven’t stopped to think about what the technology is going to mean for the future, here’s your chance. It’s a great talk with a lot to think about.

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