3D printing in a comic strip!

3D printing in a comic strip!

Postby RetireeJay » 2018-Jan-Sun-20-Jan

Printrbot friends, you just have to look at this one. Go to http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot and select January 28, 2018! Jason and his friend are cloning snowmen with a 3D printer made of snow! (I'd copy and paste the picture here, but I don't want to run into any copyright problems.)
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Re: 3D printing in a comic strip!

Postby novice » 2018-Jan-Tue-17-Jan

Saw it on Sunday, but don't get it; what printer uses snow?
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Re: 3D printing in a comic strip!

Postby RetireeJay » 2018-Jan-Tue-18-Jan

Just think of it as an inside joke. Obviously no one can construct a functioning 3D printer using snow for the mechanical parts, and I've never heard of anyone doing 3D printing with water (although I guess it is theoretically possible in a chilled chamber).

So... very few people looking at the comic even have any idea what is shown. You and I are insiders because we recognize a 3D printer; most people are "outsiders" and have no idea what it is. But off-screen, Jason's sister is giving the boys a funny look, meaning she knows the concept.

It's really an homage to Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, which often showed bizarre snowmen sculptures. https://www.google.com/search?q=calvin+and+hobbes+snowmen&newwindow=1&client=firefox-b-1&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjhnYf_5IDZAhWl2YMKHYGACW4QsAQIKA&biw=1293&bih=700
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Re: 3D printing in a comic strip!

Postby novice » 2018-Jan-Tue-18-Jan

Oh geez after all that effort put forth to explain, it kinda makes me feel silly for having been silly.

In spite of being a regular reader, I have a difficult time chuckling at many of the Sunday Funnies these days and don't know if it's me or them ;)
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Re: 3D printing in a comic strip!

Postby RetireeJay » 2018-Jan-Wed-08-Jan

Novice, I couldn't tell if you were serious or not. There are people on this forum from all age ranges, from all over the world, with differing cultural backgrounds, and with widely varying skill in the English language, and so I try to assume that any question asked is sincere. A "wink" emoji would have let me know you were in on the joke. ;)

BTW, that link to the Calvin and Hobbes collection of snowman strips has tons of them I never remember seeing before. :D
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