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 Bring your child’s imagination to life: 3-D printed figures of children’s drawings are awesome!

Preston Phro

3-D printing is bringing us a whole new world of possibilities, from fetus replicas to Link’s adventuring weapons, and while the technology is still in development, it often seems like there’s nothing a MakerBot can’t make out of thin air.

But here’s something you probably had no idea a 3-D printer could do: Bring children’s imaginations to life.

And we don’t mean that in the Disney way either. The Osaka company 3D Remind has started offering a unique service called Rakukuri, which will delight both children and their proud parents by taking children’s scribbles and turning them into actual figures using 3-D printing! Just think how happy your children will be when they see their drawings given form in colorful plaster!



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Miyoko Asai, 85, received the sword on behalf of her late husband, Masaaki, at their home in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, from Paul Ufima, who runs a film production company in Virginia.

Ufima, 37, inherited the sword from his grandfather, a former U.S. Marine officer who passed away 20 years ago. He kept the sword in his basement but began looking for its owner three years ago.