Spend some free time on an entrepreneurial project where I could learn about 3D design programs, rapid prototyping, 3D printing processes, material science, product manufacturing, and product marketing.
A fun patented product that is (currently) too expensive to manufacture at scale for profit with my material specs: must be antimicrobial and recyclable.
The concept spawned from making last minute Christmas gifts for some of my closest friends in college. That was in 2005. Ten years on, in 2015, all of them still had the hands prominently displayed and still enjoyed them. So I figured maybe there was something here.