Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Weapons Of Men In Black 3 Were Made With 3D Printers

I remember when Men in Black came out in theaters in 1997. Agent K & J had the most awesome fire power in the universe! Their weapons struck fear in the hearts of all alien foes and had the ability to bring down space crafts. Since then, advancements in 3D printing have allowed model makers to create more detailed props and character costumes that make science fiction enthusiasts jump out of their seats. Moddler, a 3D modeling studio based in San Francisco, created the weapons on Men in Black 3 using the Objet printer.

Check out Moddler’s gallery here!

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SBIR/STTR National Conference

The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference Oregon at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center in Portland from November 13-15th  2012.   This conference will provide critical information to small businesses competing for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in funding annually.  SBIR and STTR are competitive federal government programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies.  The 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference is expected to draw nearly one thousand high technology entrepreneurs from across the U.S., along with federal and state agencies, business development executives and university researchers. Registration is now open for the event, to learn more about the conference visit the site at

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How 3D printing changed the face of ‘ParaNorman’

What used to take months to create characters with clay now takes days with 3D printing technology. LAIKA, the Portland based animation studio responsible for the ground breaking movie Coraline, utilized ZCorp technology to create their Paranorman characters. ZCorp allows stop animation studios to print thousands of facial expressions that ultimately saves them time and money. Follow this link to see how LAIKA utilizes 3D printing.

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