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Say "bottle of beer": using 3D printing in ventriloquism

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham uses a wide cast of characters in his act - some of whom are 3D printed.

Dunham has always been into technology and tinkering, building his own model helicopters and generating publicity for himself using the web and even an iPhone app. To open his fourth standup special, Dunham used a NextEngine 3D scanner and Dimension 3D printer to put together a custom hot rod featuring his most famous character, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. He scanned in his existing puppet, then printed out a huge plastic version using the printer.

In a documentary on the Bio Channel, Dunham talked about the 3D printing process: "Usually, I would take the clay head, make a silicone or a plaster of Paris mould, then put some sort of material in there to make the actual shell," he said. "Now all I have to do is hit print."

Having discovered how quick and easy it is, we reckon Dunham might be featuring more 3D printed characters in his act in future. Find out more about Dunham on his website, here.