Archive For November 25, 2013

A violin from Venice to Pondok Gede

Beaming: A child from KDM’s entry level class smiles as he tries to play the violin.

Elisabetta Zavoli, Contributor, Jakarta | Feature | Mon, November 25 2013, 11:59 AM

Beaming: A child from KDM’s entry level class smiles as he tries to play the violin.

Sara Michieletto has played with everyone from the La Fenice Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra in Venice to the London Philharmonic.

Audiences, however, are not as different as you might think, whether it is Carnegie Hall in New York, people under a tree in a remote village in Mozambique — or a crowd at an orphanage in Jakarta. “I was amazed to see how music can be a really universal language that everybody deeply feels and loves.”

Since 2008, Michieletto has been alternating between perfomances in Venice with her project, done under the La Fenice Foundation, to foster emotional awareness, especially in children, in different countries.

Michieletto has since performed for about 10,000 people, including more than 3,000 disadvantaged children in Brazil, Eritrea, India, Mozambique and Palestine, among other nations.

The idea came in part from Bruno Rossi, a professor at the University of Siena in Italy, Michieletto said. “[Rossi] gave me inspiration about the possibility of connecting the pure feeling of music listening with the fostering of emotional intelligence.”

As part of the project, Michieletto plays live for children, choosing specific pieces to help the kids embrace their emotions and to experience the strong feelings conveyed by the music.

Research has shown that music develops an emotional intelligence that can help chidren with everything from their self-confidence to their schoolwork, according to Michieletto.

“I’m always surprised to observe how we, as parents, dedicate a lot of time to teaching our children how to behave at the table or how to dress, yet we expect them to be able to learn by themselves how to handle complex emotions such as anger, sadness and frustration,” she says.

Michieletto has been working on and off with two foundations helping underpriviledged chidren in East Jakarta and Bekasi for the last three years.

According to Nancy Fox, who coordinates acivities at one of the centers where Michieletto contributes, Michieletto’s program works. “After six months of emotional awareness activities, the kids started to take their studies more seriously.”

She continues: “They started to understand better the behavior of others and we can see how they are taking steps toward better relationships among themselves.”

Fox was already volunteering at the foundation when she started to work with Michieletto, who says that none of her work with the children would have been possible without Fox.

Michieletto currently volunteers at Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM), a non-profit organization focused on street children, in Pondok Gede, Bekasi.

KDM houses and feeds the children while offering them vocational classes, such as classes in cooking, farming and computer skills, along with basic mathematics and Indonesian language instruction, Sotar Sinaga, a program officer for the non-profit, said.

Michieletto has recently been working with 10 children aged from seven to 14 in KDM’s entry-level class.

The students — who have been grouped by level of knowledge, not age — were those who needed the most help, as they were still coming to terms with their emotional response to their past experiences, according to Sotar.

Most grew up on the streets and had difficulties in managing their emotions, Sotar added. Some small conflicts could become bigger problems for the children, triggering less-than-productive responses unless they learned to find other solutions.

Discipline is a problem. A few of the children, for example, were aggressive — both verbally and physically. Others would leave class when they did not feel comfortable.

Sotar said that most of the children’s challenges stemmed from difficulties in expressing sadness, anger or disappointment; in accepting criticism; and in listening and staying calm in class — all of which made Michieletto’s project interesting.

“The children are happy and enjoy the activities through which they learn to identify their feelings and to know the reason why they feel them,” Sotar said. “Understanding your own emotions and how to deal with them are very important skills for everyone.

Michieletto, meanwhile, was heartened by how the children have responded to the program. “It is fascinating to me seeing how much the kids crave for sharing ways on how to cope with strong emotions.”

“I love to play for them, as they deeply listen to and enjoy the music and the emotions that I wish to convey,” Michieletto said.

“They love music and they would like to learn to play the violin or the guitar. I wish I could find some volunteers to teach them music regularly.”

Michieletto said that she chose not to teach the children how to play music, since she frequently had to return to Europe for work.

However, splitting her time between Venice and Jakarta is an “inspiration” for the violinist, who said that she could collaborate with great conductors such as Myung-whun Chung, John Eliot Gardiner and Lorin Maazel and then transfer her experience to the children in Indonesia.

Michele Zaccheo, the director of the UN Information Center in Jakarta, said that Michieletto’s work had been a model for others, citing the experience of UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman in Indonesia.

“Our UN Volunteers office suggested that [Coleman] participate in Sara’s workshop, together with a group of teenagers, and it was a great success both for her and for the kids,” Zaccheo added.

After Coleman’s experience with Michieletto here, United Nations Television, a service that produces free programming for broadcasters, became interested in producing a video documentary about the workshop to promote volunteerism.

Meanwhile, back in Bekasi, Sotar was upbeat. “Hopefully we can do this with another group.”

— Photos by Elisabetta Zavoli


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Grand Piano And Violin-Shaped House In China Is The Ultimate Place For Music Lovers (PHOTOS)

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We thought we’ve seen it all — homes that look like pineapples, fish and even a picnic basket — but we just stumbled upon one of the most bizarre, yet elegant dwellings yet — a house shaped like a giant glittering grand piano and a violin.

Located in Huainan, China and built in 2007 by architectural students at Hefei University of Technology, this is truly, well, captivating. According to Architizer, you access the body of the building (the piano) via escalators inside the glass violin. Although it’s currently being used as a showroom for city planners, we think it would be the perfect place for a pop star with an expendable income and a love for real estate. Are you interested, Taylor Swift?

Camerata Chicago Soirée to Feature Violin Child Prodigy

Masha Lakisova, Camerata Chicago Rising Star

Lake Barrington, IL (PRWEB) November 22, 2013

An acclaimed 12-year-old violinist who is capturing the attention of the classical music world will be introduced as a “rising star” during a performance on Dec. 8 in the Chicago northwestern suburb of Lake Barrington.

An acclaimed 12-year-old violinist who is capturing the attention of the classical music world will be introduced during a performance on Dec. 8 in the Chicago northwestern suburb of Lake Barrington.

The violin prodigy, Masha Lakisova, will perform at the Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club with musicians from the internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago in a string trio to benefit the orchestra’s new educational program: The James A. Scharnell Rising Star Series.

Camerata Chicago’s music director, Drostan Hall, will team up with Lakisova on the violin, performing the famous Violin Concerto for Two Violins by Bach.

Lakisova will continue with other violin favorites accompanied by her mother, accomplished pianist Lyudmila Lakisova. The concert will conclude with the artistry of jazz pianist Bartholomew Hall, who will travel from England to perform his own eclectic compositions.

The young Lakisova is the inaugural “Rising Star” in the new James A. Scharnell Rising Star Series. The series was founded by its namesake, a Lake Barrington Shores resident and president of Quality Catering for Kids, Inc., based in Lake Villa.

The series, in collaboration with Camerata Chicago, is designed to promulgate the careers of young musicians who demonstrate extraordinary world-class ability and accomplishment by giving them experience and exposure performing a concerto with a professional orchestra. The young Lakisova will perform the Violin Concerto in D Major by Mozart with Camerata Chicago in downtown Chicago in May of 2014.

“I’ve been captivated by Camerata Chicago performances, and am pleased to be able to support and bring attention to incredible young musicians through the Rising Star Series,” Scharnell said.

Masha Lakisova, who began her violin studies at the age of 4, recently placed among finalists in the Louis Spohr International Violin Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar, Germany. She has won the highest awards in her division of the National Walgreens Music Competition, the Illinois Music Association Competition and the National Grandquist Swedish Days competition. She has been featured in live broadcasts on WFMT radio station in Chicago and performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Concert Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia’s Bennet-Gordan Hall and Pick-Staiger Hall at North Western University. In addition to Camerata Chicago, Lakisova has also been invited to solo with The Lake Forest Symphony next season.

A limited number of tickets are available for the black tie event, at $125. For ticket information, call the Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club at 847-997-8947.

Doors to the Lake Barrington Shores event open at 5 p.m. for a champagne reception, with music beginning at 6. A reception with capacious hors d’ oeuvres will follow. The gathering will include a silent auction. Camerata Chicago is online at

The Asia America Symphony Association Announces the D. K. Kim Music Scholarship for Graduating High School Students Enrolling in College Music Programs

Philanthropic group, D.K. Kim Foundation, will fund the endowment to award one to four scholarships that will be given annually, in amounts of $10,000.00 each to two scholarship recipients and $1,000.00 each to two runners-up, on a one-time basis.

Music ScholarshipAsia America Youth Symphony

Rolling Hills Estates, CA (PRWEB) November 19, 2013

The Asia America Symphony Association is pleased to announce that it will award annual music scholarships that will assist worthy recipients to pursue an education in music at the university level. The D.K. Kim Foundation, Inc. (DKKF), a philanthropic group dedicated to promoting education as the path to success and to a better world by supporting institutions of higher learning and its students, will fund the endowment. This Foundation is not new in helping students in need further their higher education. The D.K. Kim Foundation, Inc. was established in 2003 by Dong Koo Kim, a successful business entrepreneur residing in Southern California. Motivated by the missionaries who helped create opportunities for him during his childhood in a Korea divided by war, he realized that education as the unparalleled endeavor and investment for society, thus, the Foundation was created.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation, the DKKF has provided many generous contributions to the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and high school students through the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, thus affecting the lives of hundreds of students worldwide. AASA Board members, Robert Pacifici and Craig Sunada, current president Randall Tamura, as well as past AASA President Ted Tokio Tanaka were instrumental in facilitating the union of the two organizations that communicate this same vision throughout the community.

The D. K. Kim Music Scholarship is a scholarship program administered by the Asia America Symphony Association (AASA), a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation originally formed in 1961 as a community ensemble of union and non-union musicians. Since those beginnings over fifty years ago, the association’s mission has expanded and now includes the Asia America Youth Symphony (AAYS), founded by Musical Director and Conductor, David Benoit, who is also dedicated in providing young musicians with an innovative training program to develop their talents and prepare them for multi-faceted careers as up and coming musicians.

The AAYS provides approximately 70 junior high and high school students with an opportunity to perform a wide array of musical repertoire, challenging them to master diverse musical styles ranging from classical to jazz and film scores. In addition, students are encouraged to compose their own original composition for the orchestra. Eligibility extends to music students age 18 and under who play any orchestral instrument with reasonable proficiency and who are interested in classical and jazz music. AASA anticipates that one to four scholarships will be given annually, in amounts of $10,000.00 each to two scholarship recipients and $1,000.00 each to two runners-up, on a one-time basis.

The purpose of the scholarship is to further AASA’s mission in promoting the development of young musicians by helping to enable their attendance in university music programs. The D.K. Kim Music Scholarship will recognize outstanding AAYS musicians and assist them in their musical aspirations.

Applications are welcome from all members of AAYS who are seniors in high school and who have been accepted to a music program at the university level. Applications for consideration for the 2014 scholarship must be submitted to the Selection Committee c/o AASA’s offices by May 1, 2014

Auditions for the AAYS for the 2013-14 year are still open. See the AASA website for more details on auditioning and scholarship opportunities.

About D. K. Kim Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the D.K. Kim Foundation is to construct a global community that fights poverty and promotes innovation through entrepreneurship, scholarship and service. Their vision and mantra starts with the next generation as the future leaders of our society. They believe in creating a learning environment where the next generation is taught valuable skills and Christian values, and to give tools to those in need to become financially self-sufficient and self-reliant.

About AASA
The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating Eastern and Western influences. AASA provides mentoring to the youth by exposing them to professional musicians and allowing them to perform in major venues and with well-known professional artists.

About David Benoit
David Benoit’s career spans over three decades as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer, including 32 solo albums that have garnered him five Grammy nominations. Benoit’s talents expand into symphonic orchestral music endeavors that include his ongoing role as Music Director & Conductor of the Asia America Youth Symphony along as the on-air radio host weekday mornings on KKJZ 88.1 FM.

Press Inquiries: Alison Jamele – Email: nosijam(at)aol(dot)com / Phone: 310.527.1198 (cell)

Hands-on with the EOS 3D-printed Stradivarius violin


Nate Lanxon

3D-printed Stradivarius violin

Sitting in the Wired office this morning was none other than this: a fully operational 3D-printed replica of a Stradivarius violin (because regular violin production methods are so 2008).

The components of this playable instrument were manufactured by EOS — a German firm that specialises in 3D printing technologies — and assembled by a professional violin maker. Whilst appearing to be built from wood, the material used to construct the body is actually an industrial polymer named EOS PEEK HP3, normally used for high-temperature medical and aerospace applications.

“The violin was a technology exercise,” EOS told “We wanted to test what we can achieve with our technology, which…is ideally suited for complex structures. This is why we chose a complex musical instrument which normally is being made in a very traditional way and with a traditional material — wood.”

Certain parts were not 3D-printed, however, such as the strings, fine tuner and pegbox. These were added by the luthier once the bodywork was finished by EOS.

It’s a sight to behold, and sort of a shame that the first tune it produced in our building was a questionable rendition of Smoke On The Water. Fortunately, at least one recorded performance exists already.

The 3D-printed Stradivarius will be on show — and played! — at Wired 2011, this 13/14 October. Want to come along? We have a few tickets left!


EU customs changes rule after seizure of Japanese musicians’ violins

The European Union will exempt musicians entering its territory from declaring instruments intended for professional use after at least two Japanese violinists had their high-priced violins seized at a German airport last year.

The EU in principle requires those bringing in goods worth more than 430 euros to declare them at customs. Following the confiscations at the German airport, the Japanese government asked the European Commission to address the issue.

The commission has amended the customs code by inserting a line that says, “Total relief from import duties shall be granted for portable musical instruments temporarily imported by a traveler … with the intention of using them as professional equipment.” The revised rule will come into effect on Nov. 21.

Customs authorities at Frankfurt Airport seized a Guarneri violin belonging to Belgium-based violinist Yuzuko Horigome in August last year and also a Stradivarius brought by the Germany-based violinist Yuki Manuela Janke in September that year. Both instruments were later returned to the musicians at no charge.


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Yo-Yo Ma in concert with Kathryn Stott at Wharton

Yo-Yo Ma performs Monday with Kathyrn Stott.

Written by Ken Glickman For the Lansing State Journal

Americans want a lot out of their classical music superstars. It’s not enough to be great virtuosos on their chosen instruments. They also must be great smilers, laughers and have stunning charisma.

Wharton Center is hosting the greatest classical music celebrity on Monday, and someone who fits those three criteria: Yo-Yo Ma.

In fact, from last year to this, Wharton has presented all four of this new brand of classical music celebrities: flutist James Galway, violinist Joshua B ell, soprano Renee Fleming, and now the biggest star of all, Yo-Yo Ma.

Up until about the 1980s classical soloists were known to be grumpy, aloof, arrogant, stuffy and self-absorbed. They looked as if they wore their tux and tails everywhere they went, even to bed. And their austere publicity photos nary showed a smile.

If you want to hear Ma at Wharton Center’s Great Hall on Monday, you better call a scalper for tickets —it’s been sold out for weeks. I can’t think of another classical artist who can fill all of Wharton’s 2,500 seats. When opera diva Fleming was here last year, there were several hundred seats that went empty, and the hall lost thousands of dollars.

But Ma is something different.

Surin Bagratuni, an international cello soloist and faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Music says, “He’s much more popular in America than he is in Europe. Over there, they go to hear a certain piece of music, here we go to hear a performer.”

When asked if Yo-Yo Ma has changed the public’s perception of the cello, he responded, “He made the cello known as an instrument of Yo-Yo Ma.”

Besides Ma’s warm and charming personality and stage presence, he also is known for his far-flung collaborations. Yes, he has recorded and concertized with all of the standard cello literature, but he also has recorded albums with bluegrass artists, tango and Brazilian music, and with jazz artists Bobbie McFerrin and Stephanie Grapelli.

And his hugely successful Silk Road Project has brought together musicians and instrumentalist from around Asia.

MSU’s Bagratuni says, “Without the force of Yo-yo’s name, people would never go to hear some of the composers whose works are heard through the Silk Road Project. He has done a lot of good for Asian music.

“Yo-Yo Ma became famous when he was very young — and his fame was absolutely well earned.”

Audiences don’t come just to listen to Yo-Yo Ma, they come to watch him play.

He’s magnetic, handsome, and the emotions of the music are displayed on his face. Some find his gestures bothersome in a concert, but most enjoy watching him play.

Bagratuni comments, “I wonder if people would like him as much if their eyes were closed.

“He doesn’t have a big cello sound statement. He’s a very clean player with an elegant sound.”

In past decades there were many great cellists who concertized around the world: Pablo Casals, Mistislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier, Leonard Rose, Jacqueline Dupree — but now there is only one — Yo-Yo Ma.

He played at the first inaugural of Barack Obama, the death of Steve Jobs and Edward Kennedy and even played a duet with Condoleezza Rice. In the movies, you’ve heard him in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and others.

In a recently published book of letters from Leonard Bernstein, one correspondence was found from a precocious 10-year-old Yo-Yo Ma, asking the maestro to listen to him play.

The youthful looking 58-year-old cellist has recorded 75 albums and has won an astounding fifteen Grammy awards.

For his concert at Wharton, Ma will be playing a traditional cello recital with his long time accompanist, Kathryn Stott. He will be playing his $2.5 million cello named Petunia.

Review: Joshua Bell performs brilliant concert at Memorial Hall

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, a Grammy winner, will return to the Constella Festival on Thursday in Memorial Hall. / Provided

It was not surprising that violin virtuoso Joshua Bell would perform a thoughtful, demanding and ultimately brilliant recital in his return to Cincinnati’s Constella Festival on Thursday night. What did surprise, though, was that he did it on very little sleep, having flown in the previous day from China.

Bell, 45, told the Memorial Hall audience that Constella founder Tatiana Berman had persuaded the Indiana-born star to perform here on his only free day before launching a tour that will take him to Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday.

Chalk it up to Bell’s gracious Midwestern upbringing, but Cincinnati was the beneficiary of an extraordinary evening of inspired music making by one of the great violinists of our time. Bell declared Memorial Hall “one of the nicest places to play,” thanked the audience for braving traffic jams that delayed the concert a half-hour and then quipped, “What time is it?” before launching into two heart-melting encores that had listeners on their feet for a third time.

Bell and his collaborator, British pianist Sam Haywood, opened with the “Devil’s Trill Sonata,” the most famous piece by Baroque violinist Giuseppe Tartini. Its technical demands, such as double-stop trills, are legendary.

But in Bell’s hands, this was more than just a showpiece; it was a display of stunning control, lightness and attention to period style. It was impressive how much emotion the violinist could convey without using vibrato (vibrating tone). He knew just how to build excitement, delivering an effortless display of violin fireworks at the end.

As the duo played, Bell often turned to communicate with Haywood, a sensitive partner who echoed the Baroque style at the piano.

Their playing of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 10 in G could only be described as transcendent. Haywood’s light touch at the keyboard was a fine complement to Bell’s refined sound. Each was adept at allowing the other to shine, knowing just when to pull back or push ahead, and every phrase had something interesting to say.

The tone that Bell projected on his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius was sublime, especially in lyrical moments. What a joy it was to hear Beethoven played like this: elevated, pure and without any trace of ego.

The second half was devoted to Stravinsky’s Divertimento, based on his ballet “The Fairy’s Kiss.” The scenario is Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Ice Maiden.” Although “neo-classical,” the music takes its cue from the ballets of Tchaikovsky.

The ballet’s magical scenes were vivid with expression, and the duo traded treacherous feats with split-second precision. Bell’s playing was both virtuosic and engaging, and best of all, he seemed to be having fun.

Two encores held the audience rapt. Tchaikovsky’s “Mèlodie” was a fine vehicle for Bell’s sumptuous violin tone, and seemed to come straight from the heart. Wieniawski’s “Polonaise Brilliante,” a tour-de-force of effortless virtuosity, was delivered in the grand, old world tradition.

There was other star power in the hall for the Constella Festival finale. Louis Langrée stood to enthusiastic applause, a day before taking his first bow as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Written by
Janelle Gelfand

Quartet adds two new strings to its bow

Sharon Draper, Stephen King, Ioana Tache and  Kristian Winther

New Australian String Quartet line-up Sharon Draper, left, Stephen King, Ioana Tache and Kristian Winther. Picture: Kelly Barnes

TWO fresh faces in Australia’s premiere string quartet will aim to bring a modern focus to reinvigorate public passion for the ailing art form.

Cellist Sharon Draper and violinist Ioana Tache will officially join the Australian String Quartet tomorrow after an extended trial with violinist Kristian Winther and violist Stephen King. The latest change signals a complete renewal of the Adelaide-based quartet.

It is the 14th line-up change since the group’s inception in 1984. Winther and King joined in 2011.

The previous line-up, known as the Tankstream Quartet, was rebranded as the ASQ after the controversial resignation of the entire quartet in 2006.

King said the new line-up would allow the group to become a “21st-century quartet” that was versatile and able to play both contemporary and traditional classical music.

“In the two months that we’ve played together we’ve played six new Australian works, we’ve played Ligeti’s first quartet, matching that with Beethoven’s Opus 130, which is one of the monumental giants of the repertoire,” King said.

“We do want to cover all the bases. We need to always keep doing what’s new so the medium will flourish and remain relevant.”

Draper was headhunted by the quartet and relocated to Adelaide from Berlin, where she performed in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis Chamber Orchestra.

The new recruits played in the quartet last month to rave reviews about the new strength, vitality and direction of the traditionally conservative group.

“It was an easy decision to come back — as amazing as it was, it made me realise that I wanted to come back to Australia,” Draper said. “It was unbelievably lucky timing to have the opportunity to play with the quartet.

“I’m not as well versed in contemporary repertoire but I’m really excited to explore it a bit more.”

The ASQ started its search for two new players earlier this year to replace violinist Anne Horton and cellist Rachel Johnston, who left to pursue other projects.

The players also parted company with the ASQ’s treasured 18th-century Guadagnini instruments, which remain with the group regardless of line-up changes.

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New 3-D Printer Makes Ladies Panties by the Millions

New 3-D Printer Makes Ladies Panties by the Millions

Nov. 12, 2013
By ALAN FARNHAM via World News
PHOTO: Cosyflex™ is an innovative process for 3D printing for fabrics.

In what undergarment observers call a first, a 3D printer has produced a pair of lady’s panties—in three seconds, no less. The day when you’ll be able to walk into a store and, minutes later, walk out wearing a custom-made, 3D-printed suit is not far off, says one expert.

Melba Kurman, co-author with Hod Lipson of “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing,” tells ABC News she thinks there’s no reason why in five years a man couldn’t walk into, say, Brooks Brothers, get scanned by a computer, and then come back in a few hours to pick up a bespoke 3D-printed suit.

“But that’s not pushing the limits,” she says of 3D printing technology, which already is being used to make everything from shower heads to key chains.

3D printing goes beyond the lab

She envisions a near-term future where 3D printers will make possible a marriage of fabric and intelligence—which, given the clientele for men’s suits, would indeed be revolutionary.

“Imagine printing a textile of some kind,” she says, “and dropping in a very fine thread of connective metal—perhaps an embedded printed circuit of some kind. The result would be a smart fabric. You could walk out of Brooks Brothers with a conductive suit carrying tiny electronic components.”

The suit could warn you if your heart rate rises higher than what your doctor recommends. It could tell you it’s about to rain, and that you should unfurl your umbrella.

3D-printed felt, she says, is here already. And here, too, are 3D-printed panties.

The latter are the creation of an English company, Tamicare, based in Manchester. According to Bloomberg, each of the company’s $3 million printers can produce 10 million disposable, biodegradable panties a year. Tamicare describes Cosyflex, the nonwoven fabric the printers produce, as a “playground for product development.”

A 3D printer for outer space

Tamar Giloh, Tamicare’s CEO, tells ABC News that no one knows, right now, how big the market for the fabric may be. It’s breathable, stretchable and drapes, she says. The company has received inquiries about it from industries as disparate as healthcare, fashion and automotive.

“Because of the structuring of the fabric, we can add additives for medical or sport applications—even electronic circuits,” says Giloh. The company’s 100 patents include one for making fashion clothing.

Kurman thinks that owing to what she calls the plummeting cost of 3D printing hardware and software, an affordable custom-made, 3D printed suit for the middle-class shopper might not be any farther off than five years.

Independent consulting firm Wohlers Associates reported in May that the market for 3D printing—consisting of all products and services worldwide—enjoyed an average annual growth rate of more than 27 percent over the past three years.

Wohlers predicts the industry will continue to enjoy “strong, double-digit” growth, and that sales of 3D printing products and services will approach $6 billion by 2017.

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