Stephen Colbert’s head gets launched into space (video)


Stephen Colbert testifies on Capitol Hill, Sept. 24, 2010. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

It’s that time of the day again — time for the afternoon pick-u-up.

The folks at 3D printer company MakerBot Industries have been receiving a lot of attention recently, as 3D printing becomes more accessible and affordable.

MakerBot, which produces the Thing-O-Matic, a 3D printer that retails for $1,299 with assembly required and $2,500 pre-assembled, was featured on “The Colbert Report” in June. During the appearance, Clobert invited members of the general public to take a 3D rendering of his head and modify it however they liked in the hopes it would be printed by MakerBot.

In celebration of “Space Month” at MakerBot, the staff decided to take things a step further by launching a 3D model of Colbert’s head into space. The video is below.

In order to get the electric-green 3D print of Colbert’s head into space, the folks at MakerBot placed a cell phone with GPS tracking software, a camera and some consumer-grade pain-relief heat packs in a styrofoam box. The box was attached to a weather balloon and launched from New York. It was later retrieved in Connecticut.

You can watch MakerBot Industries’s Bre Pettis’s June 8 appearance on the Colbert Report:

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