Hyperchannel 20: DIY Enterprise / by Trek fm

DIY Enterprise: The Next Generation of 3-D Printing | George Takei Tweet Boosts Solar Roadways

Running Time: 17 minutes 49 seconds

DIY Enterprise: The Next Generation of 3-D Printing

What do you do when you want to depict the destruction of the USS Enterprise from The Search for Spock, but all you have on hand is the Millennium Falcon—and you only have 15 minutes to remedy the situation? You 3D print the Enterprise, of course! This is 2014 after all. But even this solution could normally take five hours. What you need is a miracle. But don't call Scotty! Instead, call Yong Chen of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. In a new video produced by the school, the venerable 1701 is resurrected in just 15 minutes.

Watch the video on StarTrek.com.

George Takei Tweet Boosts Solar Roadways

When Sulu speaks, people listen—and jump into action for a good cause. When George Takei heard about a project to revolutionize streets and sidewalks, turning them into energy generators that can power cities, he tweeted the info out to his 8 million Twitter followers. The next day, the Indiegogo campaign to fund the project, which is the brainchild of North Idaho couple Scott and Julie Brusaw, passed it's $1 million goal—and it hasn't looked back since.

View the Indiegogo campaign and find out more about the project.

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