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Orthoprint, or How I Open-Sourced My Face

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Amos Dudley was looking to improve his teeth, but being an undergrad he was broke. However, he did have access to 3D scanners and printers which got him thinking - could you create your own orthodontic aligners? Turns out you can! And Blender was a part of the puzzle.Amos writes:

What if you had a chance to save money, make yourself happier, and stick it to the dental appliance industry, all in one shot?

Scientific American says that by conciously smiling, we trigger a psychological feedback mechanism that causes us to be happy. I had an amazing realization last year- I wasn’t smiling, and it was because I was unhappy with my teeth. They weren’t awful, but they were crooked enough to make me self conscious. It’s very hard to smile when doing so makes you self concious about your teeth- every single time. By avoiding smiling, I was dampening my own potential for spontaneous happiness!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-)

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