NPR's Jason Beaubien just returned from Sierra Leone, which along with Guinea and Liberia is suffering from the worst ever Ebola outbreak.
It used to be that printing your plane tickets at home was cutting edge. Now companies are using three dimensional printers to quickly create almost anything. Three dimensional printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, has huge implications for doctors creating artificial limbs, soldiers in remote field locations and designers creating new fashion.
One of those fashion companies is Continuum Fashion, based in Cambridge, Mass. Jenna Fizel, along with her partner Mary Huang are the team behind Continuum and they have recently started offering a pair of printed shoes. Fizel says the inspiration for the design of the shoes comes from all sorts of places, from the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing to the basic building blocks of video games.
“It’s also to do with our obsession with combining a typical regular object and the digital expression of the object,” said Fizel.