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Custom Make-up From 3d Printer!

A Harvard Woman Figured Out How To 3D Print Makeup From Any Home Computer, And The Demo Is Mindblowing

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Grace Choi was at Harvard Business School when she decided to disrupt the beauty industry. She did a little research and realized that beauty brands create and then majorly mark up their products by mixing lots of colors.

“The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bulls—,” Choi said at TechCrunch Disrupt this week. “They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free. That one thing is color.”

By that, she means color printers are available to everyone, and the ink they have is the same as the ink that makeup companies use in their products. She says the ink is FDA-approved.

Choi created her own mini home 3D printer, Mink, that will retail for $300 and allow anyone to print makeup by ripping the color code off color photos on the internet. It hooks up to a computer, just like a normal printer.

She demonstrated how it works, then brushed some of the freshly printed makeup onto her hand. She answered a lot of the tough questions about how she’ll move beyond powders to creamier products and team up with traditional printing companies in the video below.

Here’s how Mink, Choi’s makeup-printing machine, works.

This is the Mink printer. It uses regular printer ink.

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First, find a color you want to print. Choi says her machine will print creamy lipsticks or powdery eye shadows.

Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Use the color picker to copy the hex code of the color you’ve chosen. In this demo, Choi chose pink.

Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Using Photoshop or Microsoft Paint, paste the hex code into a new document. You’ll see the color you want to print pop up.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Print the color just as you’d print any other document on your computer.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Here’s Choi printing the pink eye shadow.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

This is what the finished product looks like. It comes in a little Mink-provided container that looks just like eye shadow.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Choi dips a makeup brush in the freshly printed powder to show it really is makeup.Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Then she brushes the pink on her hand. “Mink enables the web to become the biggest beauty store in the world,” says Choi. “We’re going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend’s lipstick and print it out.”Mink makeup demoTechCrunch Disrupt

Now check out the video demo and listen to Choi answer tough questions about how she’ll bring the printer to market below:

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues!

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Cosplay Pictures for the Weekend!

Cosplay pictures for your enjoyment!

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Random Humor for the Weekend!

Have a tough week, hopefully these will give you a few chuckles to get you ready to relax…

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The Double Standard of Cowardice

Freedom of Speech is only guaranteed in the United States of America – or is it?  Why does the traditional press defend Maplethorpe exhibits, the Crucifix in urine, and people walking on the flag?  Why do they attack the Catholic Church, Hobby Lobby and Chik-fil-A?  Why is it ok to mock Christians with the Church of the Spaghetti Monster or to criticize Israelis?  Is it freedom of speech?  Yes.  But that is not why…

Because one can’t help but notice that radical islamists that don’t allow women to drive, go to school, go out in public without a relative and covered head to toe and stone them for being raped do not get criticized, but not covering birth control in your business medical plan is a War on Women.  40 Christians beheaded on the beach and no one cares.  345 school girls taken by Boko Haram are rescued, 314 are pregnant from constant gang raping.  No news.  One cop shoots one person of another race – news for months.

Now cartoonists are to blame for “provoking” terrorists to shoot at them.  In France, they said, Je Suis Charlie, or we are all Charlie after the death of Charlie Hebdo, who did much worse.  But in the US, where we have free speech and openly criticize religion, we blame the cartoonists?

For a long time I could not reconcile why Christianity, Judaism, police, religion, all is fair game – except terrorism.  Then it dawned on me.  Have you seen any of the pictures of the cartoonists on TV?  Have you seen pictures of the terrorists that tried to shoot them?  No, all you see are the cartoonists and event organizers being grilled.

There is only one reason in my opinion – cowardice.  At it’s core, the mainstream press knows that Christians, Jews, police and others will not show up at their news site workplace and shoot them for exercising free speech to criticize those groups.  However, show the picture of a cartoon on TV or in print media, you may get shot.  The Wall Street Journal, all three major networks – no pictures of the beheadings, torture or even cartoons.  Have a beating in America, you watch it from every angle for weeks.

I risked my life for my country in the Air Force.  As I get older, weaker and have more friends and things, I feel less brave.  I don’t go out of my way to offend others with my freedom of speech, even though that is exactly the speech we have to protect.  Everyone is ok with nice words, it’s the bad ones people want to ban.  I hope as Americans we can start to treat all groups equally, not freedom of speech to criticize those who won’t hurt you, and blame the victim for being brave enough to stand up to terror.


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Cosplay Pictures for Saturday!

Cosplay is the combination of costume and play.  The cosplayers spend a lot of time and effort on their outfits, have a great time dressing up and playing their favorite characters, and I know many of them personally and they are great friends.  Please enjoy their efforts and depictions of characters.  Feel free to say hi to them at conventions, and if they have a website, please help them out with costume costs by buying their posters.  Enjoy!


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