Ford Gets Into The 3D Printing Game

There is some cool new coming from the folks over at Ford Motor Company. They are testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer. Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance vehicles or for personalized car parts. Increasingly affordable and efficient, 3D printing large car parts, like car spoilers, could benefit both Ford and consumers. Parts that are printed can be lighter in weight than their traditionally manufactured counterparts, and may help improve fuel efficiency.

Capable of printing car parts of practically any shape or length, the Stratasys Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing, providing a more efficient and affordable way to produce tooling, prototype parts, or components at low volumes, like Ford Performance vehicles, or for personalized car parts.

“With the Infinite Build technology, we are now able to print large tools, fixtures, and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,” said Ellen Lee, Ford technical leader for additive manufacturing research. “We’re excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology in order to help steer the development of large scale printing for automotive applications and requirements.”

The new 3D print system is located at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn.

Bulleit Bourbon Gets Local Artists To Showcase Fantastic Tattoo Art

Bulliet Bourbon is bringing some cool artwork to Los Angeles. Now the city of L.A. will have a little more ink following the introduction of a new tattoo art installation at 3921 W Sunset Blvd. & Hyperion Ave. to kick off the Bulleit Frontier Works project. This is the first piece in a series of projects Bulleit will commission to celebrate and unite the thriving creative collaborator community in Los Angeles and beyond.

The tattoo, which features Bulleit Frontier Whiskey’s iconic label alongside dozens of LA-inspired tattoo designs, was crafted by 24 tattoo artists who are locals of the Los Angeles area. The artists who contributed are people who have made a serious impact on the LA tattoo community, including Kim Saigh, Charles Belñavis, Henry Lewis, Shawn Barber and Jason Schroder. Each artist was given a section of the installation’s canvas to design and as a result every illustration carefully portrays Los Angeles in a way that is unique and personal to each artist. The tattooists selected to be part of this collaboration have collectively been in the industry for more than 100 years and have drawn thousands of tattoos that have adorned the people who roam the streets of Los Angeles and cross the globe.

The Bulleit Frontier Works sign, located in the Silverlake neighborhood, is an incredible mix of design and artistic ability that took the tattooists more than 90 hours to design and create. Flanking Bulleit’s bourbon logo are more than 24 separate etchings that were inspired by the Los Angeles vibe including favorite local food trucks, views of the LA skyline, depictions of the beach scene and tributes to the Los Angeles movie industry.

Guinness Needs Your Help This St. Patrick’s Day

We are now in the month of March. People are looking forward to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness is making that famous holiday even better. The Guinness brand is synonymous with this holiday, and now more than ever, it’s up to us to help start great conversations, and to show that St. Patrick’s Day can bring out the best in all of us.

It’s no secret that each pint of Guinness stout, when enjoyed slowly, leaves behind a foam mustache after the first sip. This year, the ‘Stache will be the brewer’s overarching symbol for building the bonds between us, encouraging all of us to come together, no matter our backgrounds, beliefs or political leanings. In that spirit, from now through March 19, 2017, adult beer lovers can share photos of their ‘Staches – self-grown and groomed, drawn-on, or Guinness-enhanced – on social media. For each photo tagging @GuinnessUS and using #StacheForCharity, Guinness will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the Guinness Gives Back Fund*, which supports nonprofits that contribute to the common good in our communities.

“Let’s face it, now’s as good a time as any to raise a pint,” said Guinness Brand Director Emma Giles. “We need to reconnect with what can bring us together as family, friends, coworkers, Americans, and most basically, human beings. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and few, if any, holidays are as unifying or as celebratory.”

To keep an eye on everything the Guinness brand is doing and to get in on the ‘Stache action, follow @GuinnessUS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Whether you’re having a Guinness Draught and getting your ‘Stache, or ordering up any other Guinness beer this St. Patrick’s Day, please respect the beer and drink sensibly.

Marvel Releases New Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Trailer

Recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live Chris Pratt helped debut the latest trailer forGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that costars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and more. The film is in theaters May 5th. Set two-to-three months after the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their new-found family together, while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.

Awesome Chili Recipes You Need To Try

No matter what time of the year it is there is always a great recipe for chili. We have four new takes on chili that you will love trying out for dinner, lunch or even breakfast. That is right I said breakfast. Which one will you try first?

Chicken Chili Pot Pie

Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup chopped carrots

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 (15-ounce) cans HORMEL® chicken chili with beans

1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon water

Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and carrot 10 minutes. Stir in chili and cilantro; cook until heated. Transfer mixture to baking dish or to individual baking dishes. Either cut circles to fit with slits to vent or cut strips to make a lattice pattern over chili mixture. In small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Brush pie crust with egg mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Vegetable Chili With Kale And Quinoa

Makes 8 to 10 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ medium onion, chopped

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1 small yellow squash, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

4 ounces sliced mushrooms

3 (15-ounce) cans HORMEL® chili

½ cup quinoa

2 cups chopped fresh kale

Directions: In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat. Sauté onion, carrot and celery 10 minutes. Stir in zucchini and next 3 ingredients and sauté 8 minutes. Stir in chili, quinoa and kale and simmer 15 minutes.

Chili Avocado Breakfast Toast

Makes 1 serving

2 slices whole grain bread, toasted

2 (1-ounce) packages WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® minis

1 cup HORMEL® chili, heated

1 large egg, fried

Garnish: Spread avocado on each toasted bread slice. Spoon chili over avocado and top with fried egg. Garnish with jalepeno slices, tomatoes, cilantro leaves and cheese, if desired.

Walking Taco

Makes 2 servings

1 (9 1/4-ounce) bag corn chips

1 cup HORMEL® chili, heated

Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped  avocado or quacamole, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, sliced fresh jalapeños or pickled jalapeño slices, sliced ripened olives, pico de gallo, sliced radishes, and chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: Cut slit in front side of bag or cut top of bag off. Spoon chili over chips. Top with desired toppings.

Three Great Ways To Celebrate The Moscow Mule

Did you know that March 3rd is National Moscow Mule Day? Well now you do. Plus we are giving you more info on the Moscow Mule. It was invented in 1941 by Smirnoff, the Moscow Mule has been making a comeback in recent years. March 3 (or 3-3) is significant as there were three people involved in the cocktail’s creation, three ingredients in The Original Mule and when turned counterclockwise the numbers become an M-M.

So now it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a classic Moscow Mule (easily made with 1.5 oz Smirnoff vodka, 4 oz of ginger beer and a lime wedge or with one of the fun twists below.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Float (courtesy of Megan Marlowe from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

Juice from 1 lime

4 ounces ginger beer

Scoop of strawberry sorbet

Into the bottom of a copper mug, add vodka, lime juice and ice.  Top with ginger beer and a scoop of sorbet.

Cherry Lime Moscow Mule (courtesy of Kendra Darr of Simply Darrling)

3 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

1 bottle Cherry Ginger Beer

5 oz Cherry Limeade

Cherries and sliced lime for garnish

(Serves 2)

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff No. 21, Cherry Ginger Beer and Cherry Limeade. Stir until combined and strain into copper mug over ice. Garnish with cherries and sliced limes.

Sunrise Over Moscow Mule (courtesy of Jay and Leah from The Gastronom)

Cocktail:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

2 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice

.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Fill copper mug with crushed ice. Add vodka, orange juice and lime juice into the mug. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ice pops:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

4 oz orange juice

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to mix completely. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and place into freezer. After about 90 minutes, insert sticks into the molds. Allow ice pops to freeze overnight.

February Was A Great Month To Build Something

Loot Crate has done it again. As a geek and a collector I am always loving what the good folks over at Loot Crate put into their crates each and every month. This month’s Loot Crate theme was BUILD. It showcased items from LEGO Batman and Power Rangers which both franchises have movies out this year.

The items in this month’s crate are a Lego Batman Head Food Container, one Lego Dimensions Fun Pack. You will either get Benny, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Unikitty, or Bad Cop. A Megazord Pin + 3 Power Rangers digital comics from Comixology, a Megazord Blueprint shirt and a TETRIS Flexible Magnet Sheet – Flat magnets for your fridge.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. March’s theme is PRIMAL! That roar in the distance is a call. Will you answer it? This month they are unleashing the beasts of some of pop culture’s most ferocious franchises! Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Star Wars Starts Production On Han Solo Movie

Disney has been doing a great job with the Star Wars films. From The Force Awakens to Rogue One fans of the movie franchise have been loving these movies. Now we get a Han Solo movie that comes out next year. The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.

The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”

Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, it will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.

Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Academy Award nominee for his work on “Arrival,” Bradford Young (Director of Photography), Chris Dickens (Editor), Dominic Tuohy (SFX Supervisor), Rob Bredow (VFX Supervisor) and Brad Allan (Action Designer).

They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Neil Lamont (Production Designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (Co-Costume Designers), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Lisa Tomblin (Hair), Amanda Knight (Make-Up) and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.

Cocktails That Are Oscar Worthy

Next weekend we get to see who will be taking home the award that every actor, director, and so on would want to win. Who do you have winning? What was your favorite film this Oscar season? Another question that I have for you is what are you doing for the Oscars? Are you throwing a party? If so why not try these cocktail recipes below. Your guests will be thankful that you did.

Renowned mixologist Charles Joly created the below four signature cocktails, making a statement for Hollywood’s most memorable evening. The Hilhaven Lodge’s Tinseltown roots run deep – the whiskey is named after the luxurious estate, Hilhaven Lodge, home of The Hilhaven Lodge partner and legendary director Brett Ratner.

Attendees at Governor’s Ball will have their choice of The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned, The Road Less Traveled and The Lodge. Cîroc will offer a modern twist with their Cîroc French 75.

Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

0.5 oz. Demerara Simple Syrup

1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters

1 Orange Peel

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, mist with orange oil and place twist decoratively.

The Road Less Traveled

1.5 oz. The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

0.5 oz. Bourbon Vanilla Chai Tea Syrup

1 oz. Dandelion Burdock Root Soda

Combine The Hilhaven Lodge with tea syrup and lemon juice. Shake gently. Roll in dandelion and burdock soda. Pour into Collins glass over large cubes. Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheels.

The Lodge

1.5 oz. The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

0.3 oz. Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth

0.3 oz. East India Sherry

3 drops Chocolate Bitters

Combine The Hilhaven Lodge whiskey with vermouth, sherry and bitters. Stir to chill and dilute. Pour over large cube into an Old Fashioned glass. Mist with orange oil and garnish with fresh rosemary.

Ciroc French 75

1.5 oz. Cîroc Vodka

0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

0.5 oz. Simple Syrup

Splash of Champagne

Combine Cîroc, lemon juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker over ice. Shake gently. Roll in champagne and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Mist cocktail with lemon oil and garnish with a twist.

Reebok Classic Teams Up With Curren$y For Some Hot Kicks

We are getting to see some fantastic kicks this NBA All-Star Weekend. So as we see players and fans descend into New Orleans for an action packed weekend, Reebok Classic along with Curren$y hosted a special event last night at the Sneaker Politics powered by Reebok Classic and Mitchell & Ness store to launch Curren$y’s new collaboration with Reebok: the Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85.

Curren$y (aka Spitta) has repped New Orleans rap since the early 2000s, starting out with No Limit, followed by Young Money, and finally now as an independent rapper, known for his love for sneakers and vintage cars.  Curren$y in his signature laid back style strolled into the store and kicked off the party surrounded by his friends, family and fans.  He signed the iridescent greens shoe boxes and custom basketballs fir fans, and then hopped onto the stage for an energetic set to cap off the night.

The Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is inspired by the legacy Curren$y has built, both in and out of studio. The shoe features several design elements special to him, including both “Jet Life” branding at the heel and “Andretti OG” logo on the insole, a premium hairy green suede upper with GUM bottom, and a hidden stash pocket behind the tongue label.

The Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is now available at the Sneaker Politics powered by Reebok Classic and Mitchell & Ness store at 216 Chartres Street, New Orleans, as well as www.sneakerpolitics.com for $100 available in Kids and Men’s sizing.  The Club C will have a wider release in mid March on Reebok.com and additional retailers in mid March.