Infinite are the ways one can use a 3D printer. Now we see a religious use.
The Jerusalem Post reports on computer science professor Craig Kaplan of Waterloo, Canada, who has designed a series of yarmulkes.
Kaplan markets the designs via Shapeways, where you can find him under the pseudonym, “isohedral”. His mathematical art includes a variety of common shapes resurfaced with mathematically generated patterns, including not only the yarmulkes, but also Islamic patterns.
The yarmulkes are available from Kaplan in three styles: “Yarmulke One”, “Yarmulke Two” and “Yarmulke Hyper”.
Given that many people hold religious and cultural artifacts in high regard, we expect to see increasing use of 3D printing by interested individuals and organizations. Could we see small 3D printers appear in churches, mosques and synagogues? Certainly - if not to print religious material, they can certainly print replacements clamps for the light fixtures.