The World’s First 3D-Printed Opera Set Is Coming to Rome

WASProject via Flickr
WASProject via Flickr

In October, the Opera Theater in Rome will become the first theater to play host to a 3D-printed set in one of its operas. The theater’s performance of the 19th-century opera Fra Diavolo by French composer Daniel Auber, opening on October 8, will feature set pieces printed by the Italian 3D-printing company WASP, as TREND HUNTER reports.

Set designers have been using 3D printers to make small-scale set models for years, but WASP says this seems to be the first full 3D-printed set. (The company is also building a 3D-printed town elsewhere in Italy, to give you a sense of its ambitions for its technology.)

WASP

The Fra Diavolo set consists of what looks like two warped historic buildings, which WASP likens to a Dalí painting. These buildings are made of 223 smaller pieces. It took five printers working full-time for three months to complete the job. The pieces were sent to Rome in mid-July in preparation for the opera.

Recently, 3D printing is taking over everything from housing construction to breakfast. If you can make an office building with a printer, why not a theater set? (Though it should be noted that the labor unions that represent scenic artists might disagree.)

[h/t TREND HUNTER]

10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

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Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

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This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

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2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

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Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

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3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

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If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

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4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

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Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

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5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

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For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

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Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

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Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

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7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

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The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

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8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

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This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

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9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

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You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

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10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

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Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

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15 Deals on Apple Products and Must-Have Accessories

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Apple users are a dedicated bunch—once they have one Apple device, many of them buy into the company's tech ecosystem for life. But it's a pricey trend to keep up with, especially if you're into bells and whistles: the $5999 base price for Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro, for example, can skyrocket up to $53,000 when you dress it with every upgrade. Rest assured, you don't have to spend quite that much. Here are 15 Apple products you can buy today without the high price tag.

1. Apple Ipad Air 2 64gb - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only); $345 (13 Percent Off)

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You can score all the perks of high-end tech without the high-end cost when you shop refurbished. This Apple iPad Air 2 (which has a near-mint refurbished rating) delivers all the apps, games, and content you love on a 9.7-inch Retina display with 10 hours of battery life.

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2. Wireless Charger for Apple Airpods and Phones; $17 (66 Percent Off)

Musubo

Bring your iPhone and AirPods back to life by simply setting them down on the wireless 5W Qi charging surface. You'll never have to untangle cords again.

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iKlips

As the world’s first Apple MFi-Certified USB-C and Lightning Flash Drive, this Kickstarter-funded flash drive can manage, transfer, and even encrypt your files. It conducts automatic data and photo backups while your phone is charging and even includes an app for managing files, recording videos, and taking photos.

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4. Triple Dock: 3-In-1 Apple Device Charging Station; $68 (13 Percent Off)

Oakywood

This charging dock has two major perks. First, the obvious: its absolutely beautiful, natural oak wood finish. Second, it can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously with convenient features like a magnetic hold, nightstand mode, micro-suction tape for one-handed operation, and more.

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5. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 Percent Off)

Go Gadgets

This pocket-sized magnetic ring will wirelessly charge your Apple Watch while you’re on the move. After all, isn’t access to your digital life anywhere, without interruption, what the Apple Watch is all about?

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This A-rated certified refurbished Magic Keyboard has an extended layout featuring a numeric keypad, document navigation controls, and full-size arrow keys. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery so you can go up to one month between charges.

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Track easily and encounter less resistance with this certified refurbished Magic Mouse 2. It has a handy Multi-Touch surface for easy swiping and scrolling.

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8. Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 64gb - Space Gray (Certified Refurbished); $480 (12 Percent Off)

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This deal will score you a fully laminated, anti-reflective, LED-backlit, and touch-sensitive Retina display, powered by an Apple A10X processor with 64GB of memory storage. All of that fancy tech will allow you to watch videos and browse the web on the go.

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If you’re working remotely these days, you need a laptop with tons of battery life, speed, and a quality display. This refurbished 11-inch MacBook Air will take you nine hours before needing a charge and functions smoothly through all of your multitasking with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM.

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The 9.7-inch Retina display on this iPad 4 is simply a joy to look at. When you’re done shooting off emails, you can quickly transition into binging your favorite shows and movies, thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity and 32GB of storage.

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Apple

Upgrade your older phone to the iPhone 8. This refurbished device delivers the perks of the recent model at a fraction of the price, and it's packed with 64GB of storage, so you'll have plenty of space for your photos, videos, and games.

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This certified refurbished iPad 4 bundle also comes with every accessory you'll need, including a cable, screen protector, power adaptor, case, and stylus.

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With more than enough storage and top-of-the-line graphics, the Mac mini is the ideal starting block for your desktop computer setup. Once you've got your hands on one of these, you're free to pick your own monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other accessories you may need.

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Get the Super Retina HD display and dual 12 MP cameras that Apple’s iPhone X is known for, but at a steep discount.

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