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posted 06 December 2016 at 22:09:46

The creative potential of 3D printing has no boundaries. Literally. In December 2016, the world’s first 3D printed space art will be created by NASA contractor Made in Space. Dubbed #Laugh, this crowdsourced art project aims to visualise the human laugh in sculptural form and then print it onboard the International Space Station, using its zero-gravity 3D printer.  

Anyone can submit a laugh (this is no joke) all you have to do is download the #Laugh app from and record, visualise and share your laugh online as a 3D model – or a ‘laugh star’, as the organizers like to call it. The laugh star that gets the most online likes will then be printed and jettisoned into outer space.  

According to the #Laugh website, people from all around the world can record themselves chortling, tittering, guffawing and sniggering (OK, those are our words…). The laughter with the most likes after one month will be sent to the ISS to be 3D printed and the sculpture subsequently released into eternal orbit.  

Israeli digital artist Eyal Gever – best known for his lifelike digital simulations of catastrophic events, such as tsunamis and bus crashes – is in charge of the competition. He will send the winning laugh from his Tel Aviv studio to NASA’s Operations Support Centre in Alabama, USA. From there, it will be transmitted to the ISS via satellite. The laugh star will then be 3D printed and sent spinning into the ether, no doubt to the complete bewilderment of any alien life that happens to be passing.   

‘The earliest cave paintings were of human hands,’ explains Gever, ‘which were a way of proclaiming and celebrating the presence of humanity. #Laugh will be the 21st century version of that – a mathematically accurate encapsulation of human laughter, simply floating through space, waiting to be discovered.’  

Made in Space describes the event as fundamental to the forthcoming Space Age. ‘If humanity is one day soon to thrive in space, then creating art and culture in space is equally as important as sending out people and the technology to support them.’  

What are you waiting for? Download the #Laugh app today and in a month’s time your 3D printed laughter could be chortling its way across the cosmos.  

 Check out Eyal Gever’s video at