Our New HCx3DP Initiative (Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing)—A Planned Process to Bettering NYC’s Health Via Three “Cs”: Community to Conference to Cluster!

In HCx3DP New York, we present a “modest” plan. Our end-game goal is to create nothing short of the first—and dominant—industrial-segment “cluster” of HCx3DP in the world. This Cluster—this geographically centered HCx3DP (commercial and common-good) Ecosystem—will be based in New York City. Our HCx3DP Community will root our Cluster HQ at the fertile intersection of Healthcare and 3DP (the meme/brand for Digital Fabrication, Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing).

 

Land Grant, Publisher/Editor/Organizer, 3DP Media | NYC3DP.com | HCx3DP New York

Land Grant, Publisher/Editor/Organizer, 3DP Media | NYC3DP.com | HCx3DP New York

Our HCx3DP will help coalesce—and progress—the key elements, most forceful vectors and leading players within an action framework: our “3Cs” of Community, Conference & Cluster.

This 3Cs concept-set of three steps also channels our advancing, milestone-demarked agenda at HCx3DP New York:

(1) Near-term: build a successful, in-person, “synergizing” HCx3DP NY community with the support of online media, Web presences & monthly human-connection (Meetups);

(2) Midterm: present an enriching, enlightening and action-priming HCx3DP Conference/Mini-Expo NY in collaboration with a broad family of sponsors & partners (Spring 2015);

(3) Long-term: help establish a virtuous HC/3DP Ecosystem—a HCx3DP Cluster HQ creating commerce & common-good—supported by a community home-base in NYC.

New York City is our locus of choice for many reasons. These include its geographic, commercial and thought-leading “location,” our 3DP marketplace revolutions and (yes!) my personal predilections. (I’ve lived and worked in Brooklyn—and now NeoBrooklyn!—for more than 35 years: why build for social good anywhere else but the Metropolis I love?!)

Here’s a review—least you forget—of why NYC is the logical locus of the HCx3DP Cluster we’re building:

Our New York City is uniquely positioned and qualified to foster THE HCx3DP Ecosystem that will dominate the 3DP disruption of Healthcare around the world. These are some of the on-the-ground facts—Gotham-ground!—that testify to this view:

  • NYC is the acknowledged center of 3DP in the U.S.
  • NYC enjoys unique, in-place 3DP and Digi-based commercial infrastructure. This “platform” includes MakerBot to Shapeways; Kickstarter to Meetup; Etsy to Huge.
  • NYC boasts the unique community of Brooklyn “Techreatives.” These are the CyberHipsters who can draw a beautiful analog curve, parse its truth in digits online and then arc a startup toward profit.
  • NYC possesses the planet’s most extensive locus of higher-education institutions.
  • Metro-NYC is the world’s “Pharmaceutical Capital,” with 60% of America’s Pharma industry found here.
  • New York State is ranked #1 as a location for Life Sciences organizations.
  • NYC organizations employ 665,000 Healthcare workers, largest such population in the U.S., and—most probably—the world.

Basics in place, we launched HCx3DP New York on 20 October 2014.

After appropriate research, prep, positioning and run-up, I was pleased to announce our new Program for “HCx3DP New York: Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing” via blog post on 20 October. You might consider this post as an HCx3DP “manifesto” of sorts…

I’m also an avid fan of “Meetup Marketing.” Thus, we launched our HCx3DP Meetup Group on 22 October—”HCx3DP: Healthcare Multiplied by 3D Printing = Synergies.”  To get started—while we build profile, participation and influence—we calendared our first physical meet-up (12 November at the DUMBO Startup Lab in Brooklyn).

Gathering-in the “HCx3DP Synergists”—creating Wellness Firebrands to light the way to tech-fueled Healthcare.

HCx3DP MUp NYSo, on Wednesday evening last week, we enjoyed a splendid evening of Community building. I’m a great cheerleader for getting people together to make things happen. “Welcome!” is a personal mantra.

Hey, we’re a gregarious species of animal. And, I love people. Hence, my natural drive is to help gather folks around some crackling fire of a worthy concept. And, then foster everyone’s warmth-adding story-telling—present and prospective—to all other joiners at the digital or analog “hearth”. Fuel the common flame with energy-filled ideas. Then, light up the night-sky with a bonfire of possibilities—and the heat of passions for betterment: personal and public.

Let’s keep running with this metaphor of humans and their fires for a line or two. (Prometheus—meaning “forethought”—was right to steal the flame from Zeus…it represented power.) From our modern individual’s point-of-view, healthcare is THE great “combustable” of our age. Everyone needs Healthcare, yet it is hard to understand, expensive to obtain and dangerous—if not managed properly.

So, Wednesday evening last, we gathered around the HCx3DP Meetup event “hearth” and threw our “versions” of thoughtful fuel on our common fire of Healthcare.

In helping to tend and tame the blaze of a meeting, diversity furthers. The greater the range of ideas—around a broad common core—the brighter the amalgamated light shining forth. We spark off each other.

As attendees arrived, I greeted each and confirmed their identity and interests as best I could. Then—on the social fly—strove to introduce new arrivals to others in conversing sub-groups by likely matchups. Match or mis-match, the key in such circumstances is to get folks engaged—usually by providing just enough of a bidirectional intro to ignite co-interests and to light-up give-and-take. Getting folks comfortable and talking early fosters a socially easy, convivial and valuable rest of the evening. A single match can light a number of skyrockets.

After effective introductions, bonhomie usually serves to keep the individual discussions warm—until the small group talks and chats gets together in a common bonfire around the core events planned. (And, I definitely believe the most effective events have to be carefully planned: rich environments—creating effective human interaction among prior strangers—don’t happen by accident.)

In addition, the M/C at such informal meetings should be prepared to adjust the timing and/or agenda on the fly. Nothing ever goes to plan! For instance, we had thought that our “Hands-On 3D Printing Demo” (Item #5 in our Agenda below) would be a kind of “sidebar”—or co-aligned sub-event—while some folks continued to network after arrival. Instead, everyone was interested to pay full attention to Aaron Roy’s expert Demo/Orientation. So, this co-axial action became the evening’s first core-presentation for the entire group. AND, provided an excellent platform for further common understanding.

 

As an example of planning, here is our First HCx3DP Meetup’s final Wednesday Evening Agenda: Enriching the mix of fuel on flame…

 

Your “Take-Aways”—From The Agenda Items Of Our Inaugural, In-Person, HCx3DP Meetup—Will Include:

(1) Agenda Item: greetings and orientation to “HCx3DP New York’s” structure, operating concepts & goals by me, Organizer Land Grant;

>> Take-Away: An operational understanding “HCx3DP New York” and its value to you, plus my self-intro and my plans to assure a rich and compelling HCx3DP environment for Members and attendees;

 

(2)   Agenda Item: informal attendee self-intros, sharing of interests & expectations;

>> Take-Away: A personal view of fellow HCx3DP members and attendees, their topics of concentration and what they hope to get from their membership/attendance;

 

(3) Agenda Item: my short A/V presentation (a continually updated “work in progress”) on the latest developments in HCx3DP. (I presented the first iteration of this overview at the NYC Health Business Leaders‘ panel—”The 3D Printing Revolution Meets Healthcare”—in June.);

[[[Here, in fact, is my latest version—link just below—now entitled:


“HCx3DP Album of Innovation”

HCx3DP NY-Latest Tech Prez-Rev 5-14N14]]]

 

>> Take-Away: A visual “mental picture” with bullets, annotations and comments profiling the latest developments in HCx3DP technology and solutions;

 

(4)  Agenda Item: a panel discussion on some of the newest innovations in DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) Healthcare: Including Maker Nurses, 3D Printed Prosthetic Devices & Community BioLab medical cross-overs, followed by Q&A. Here are our projected panel participants:

Victor Ty, Jr. RN — Health Maker: associated with MakerNurse.org &  
LEGO Medical Design (miniature med-procedure “demos” for children undergoing medical tests and interventions);

Aaron Michael Roy — DIY/DIT 3D-Printed Prosthetic Devices: 
 Director of Corporate Strategy,  
3D Printing Operating System; Meetup Organizer, “Learn 3D Printing – Brooklyn”; Volunteer, e-NABLE, DIY/DIT 3DP’d Prosthetic Devices for children;

Danny Cabrera — The Democratization of Bioprinting: Co-Founder, BioBots; Philadelphia; “Bringing about the new age of rapid bio-prototyping.”

>> Take-Away: An expert-guided appreciation for several distinct branches of DIY/DIT Healthcare growing up from the community grassroots—with hybrid implications—via a “Maker-Cultivation” husbandry. Plus, how these phenoms contrast and compare, and what synergies pertain;

 

(5)   Agenda Item: a side-bar demo of 3D printing for the uninitiated by the Organizers of the Meetup “Learn 3D Printing – Brooklyn;”

>> Take-Away: A hands-on, up-close orientation around actual 3DP-desktop Additive Manufacturing, informed by free-form Q&A during demos and commentary.

 

(6)   Agenda Item: ample time for networking and congenial cross-connecting (plus light refreshments)

>> Take-Away: Relationships!

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HCx3DP MUp NYOur Next HCx3DP Meetup New York: December (all the details to come…)

Now, I’m working on our next HCx3DP Meetup for the second week of December. Yes—I know—a tough month for us all socially. BUT, I promise to make our NEXT get-together so rich and interesting that you’ll just HAVE to attend! For fear of missing the fun, fabulous HCx3DP revelations and (mostly) the fine “HCx3DP Synthesists” you’ll want to know.

C’mon Back!

LAND

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Our Newest HCx3DP Album: The Latest Innovations In The Accelerating Technological Developments In HCx3DP (Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing): A Visual Presentation Of Medical Marvels & More To Come…

The veritable explosion of mind-boggling progress at the widening intersection of Healthcare and 3D Printing is one reason that we’re focusing more energy on this inventive and innovative new sector. (Follow our just-launched HCx3DP New York initiative!)  Other reasons are the commercial and common-good outcomes this novel technology is beginning to deliver in the personal and public spheres—for our society’s betterment. Leaf through our digital album of healthcare wonders via the link below. AND—I promise—you ain’t seen nothing yet! —LG

 

HCx3DP MUp NY

Our Newest
“HCx3DP Album of Innovation”:

HCx3DP NY-Latest Tech Prez-Rev 5-14N14

 

If you’d like to see this “Album” presented live—with my narration—come join us at our first HCx3DP New York Meetup event. This first get-together of our brand-new HCx3DP Community will offer a number of informative modes for your enhanced knowledge of the new and important intersection of Healthcare and 3D Printing. (Or, as our new “brand” proclaims: HCx3DP, Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing.) Our very first Meetup modes will include demos, attendee intros, this Album presentation, a DIY/DIT Healthcare panel and networking with light refreshments.

Here’s how we introduce and describe all the latest planned action on our HCx3Dp New York Meetup Group Page:

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Welcome HCx3DP Synergist! 


(…present or prospective…)

Our “HCx3DP New York” MeetupHCx3DP stands for “Healthcare Multiplied by 3D Printing”—is designed to help grow a community of Metro NYC “HCx3DP Synergists.” Together, we will strive to discover, learn, exchange and advance personal, commercial and common-good knowledge about the new, important and valuable at the exciting and empowering intersection of HC & 3DP in our New York City. (For further background on our Meetup directions (and planned “ecosystem”), link to my Blog post of 27 October: HCx3DP New York: The Launch of ‘Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing’ in the Capital of Healthcare & 3DP…”)

Best!


LAND
Group Organizer

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Here’s our Showcase-Panel Topic for our 12 November HCx3DP “Launch” Meetup-Event: 

DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) Healthcare: Present &  Prospective Realities & Trends At The HCx3DP-Community Grassroots

[RSVP Here...]

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Your “Take-Aways”—From The Agenda Items Of Our Inaugural, In-Person, HCx3DP Meetup—Will Include:

(1) Agenda Item: greetings and orientation to “HCx3DP New York’s” structure, operating concepts & goals by me, Organizer Land Grant;

>> Take-Away: An operational understanding “HCx3DP New York” and its value to you, plus my self-intro and my plans to assure a rich and compelling HCx3DP environment for Members and attendees;

(2)   Agenda Item: informal attendee self-intros, sharing of interests & expectations;

>> Take-Away: A personal view of fellow HCx3DP members and attendees, their topics of concentration and what they hope to get from their membership/attendance;

(3) Agenda Item: my short A/V presentation (a continually updated “work in progress”) on the latest developments in HCx3DP. (I presented the first iteration of this overview at the NYC Health Business Leaders‘ panel—”The 3D Printing Revolution Meets Healthcare”—in June.);

>> Take-Away: A visual “mental picture” with bullets, annotations and comments profiling the latest developments in HCx3DP technology and solutions;

(4)  Agenda Item: a panel discussion on some of the newest innovations in DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) Healthcare: Including Maker Nurses, 3D Printed Prosthetic Devices & Community BioLab medical cross-overs, followed by Q&A. Here are our projected panel participants:

Victor Ty, Jr. RN — Health Maker: associated with MakerNurse.org &  
LEGO Medical Design (miniature med-procedure “demos” for children undergoing medical tests and interventions);

Aaron Michael Roy — DIY/DIT 3D-Printed Prosthetic Devices: 
 Director of Corporate Strategy,  
3D Printing Operating System; Meetup Organizer, “Learn 3D Printing – Brooklyn”; Volunteer, e-NABLE, DIY/DIT 3DP’d Prosthetic Devices for children;

Danny Cabrera — The Democratization of Bioprinting: Co-Founder & CEO, BioBots; Philadelphia; “Bringing about the new age of rapid bio-prototyping.”

>> Take-Away: An expert-guided appreciation for several distinct branches of DIY/DIT Healthcare growing up from the community grassroots—with hybrid implications—via a “Maker-Cultivation” husbandry. Plus, how these phenoms contrast and compare, and what synergies pertain;

(5)   Agenda Item: a side-bar demo of 3D printing for the uninitiated by the Organizers of the Meetup “Learn 3D Printing – Brooklyn;”

>> Take-Away: A hands-on, up-close orientation around actual 3DP-desktop Additive Manufacturing, informed by free-form Q&A during demos and commentary.

(6)   Agenda Item: ample time for networking and congenial cross-connecting (plus light refreshments).

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In this and future meetups, we will seek to explore such topics (and those YOU suggest) as:

• 3DP-Empowered Personalized Healthcare;

• DIY/DIT Robo-Hands Movement;

• DIY/DIT Synthetic-Biology Labs;

• DIY/DIT Medicine: Maker Nurses;

• 3DP’d Non-Invasive ExoSolutions;

• Patient-Controlled Robotic Exoskeletons;

• Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine;

• 3DP’d Endodontia & Orthodontia;

• 3DP’d BioComposite Medical Devices;

• 3DP’d Medical-Model Planned Surgery;

• Bioprinted Replacement Soft Tissues & Organs;

• Drug Development Via 3DP’d Tissues;

• FDA Tissue-Toxicity Testing;

• Health-Promoting 3DP’d Nutrition;

• Space-Modulated Synthetic Biology; and

• So Much More In Daily Development…

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So, join us—on the evening of Wednesday, 12 November—to enjoy a deep dive into the booming HC sector of 3DP and help us kick-off the Team-building of our Community of  “HCx3DP Synergists!”

I look forward to “meeting up” with you…

LAND

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What fun we’re going to have…

C’mon Back!

LAND 

 

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What “Matter” Are You 3D Printing? It Ain’t Just Plastic Anymore! In Fact, It May Be Alive…As In 3DP’d Life-Forms For YOUR Healthcare!

Two primary branches of 3DP—the 30-year-old rapid-prototyping and reverse-engineering world and the more and more DigiFab-empowered Maker Movement—are now twining around one another in wholly new uses on their way to novel materials, marvels and markets. Symbolically, the result looks a lot like the Caduceus, the “staff” of Ancient Greek Healthcare…printed 3D in life-forms. And, that IS what we are coming to: 3DP’d life-forms for Healthcare!

A Caduceus Key Fob, 3D Printed DIY in plastic from the "library" of Thingiverse: Thank You MakerBot and Vin Min.

A Caduceus Key Fob, 3D Printed DIY in plastic from the “library” of Thingiverse: Thank You, MakerBot and Vin Min.

[Okay—for you Ancient Greek purist—our American Caduceus is really the design properly connected with the Greek god Hermes, the Messenger, who was all about trade, commerce and negotiation. The symbol of medicine in most other places in the world is the Rod of Asclepius. Our Caduceus—two snakes contending with each other around a flying rod—stems from mistakes perpetuated here at the turn of the last Century. Still, it’s fun to conflate our uniquely U.S. “sign” for medicine with the competition and cooperation of 3DP’s past and present and 3DP-driven healthcare about to fly high, organically. Well, I couldn’t help myself…]

In October, I’ve reported on Synthetic Biology, DIYbio and Community BioLabs in some detail. Why? Because—like everything else in our made or manufactured world—3DP is disrupting biology, too. Or—better said—accelerating the experimentation around DigiFabbed Life Sciences, and extending SynBio into our personal and public worlds.

My evolving focus on wetware—”computer-related idea[s] of hardware or software, but applied to biological life forms”—is a natural hybrid growing up from my abiding interest in healthcare crossed with my ongoing study of 3DP. And, like much hybrid vigor, I find this new focus very empowering…

Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides free resources for Science Education. Here is HHMI's BioInteractive 3DP'd model of a Rhinovirus with a video loop of its rotation for better understanding. Rhinovirus is an RNA genome virus and is the main cause of the common cold in humans. Print your own copy from proffered 3D STL files. Feeling sniffily yet...?

Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides free resources for Science Education. Here is HHMI’s BioInteractive 3DP’d model of a Rhinovirus with a video loop of its rotation for better understanding. Rhinovirus is an RNA genome virus and is the main cause of the common cold in humans. Print your own copy from proffered 3D STL files. Feeling sniffily yet…?

Buttressing this concept—of 3DP as a protean engine pulling many “trains”—is the recent success of the Maker Movement.  There, 3D printing is making vast inroads into the local consciousness and construction of engineered “makery” in community Maker Spaces, Places and Hacking Halls. (Maker Media believes over 30 percent of their Maker Faires {135+ events worldwide in 2014} are—in one way or another—now driven by 3DP.)

Now, “bioneered” makery is empowered by that same positive assault of Digital Fabrication. (DigiFab—and its forms—is the most accurate and all-inclusive term for the complex of actions and activities around 3DP and Additive Manufacturing).

Want more to contemplate in this regard? See my articles: “DIY/DIT Synthetic-Biology 3DP? Maker Citizen BioScientists Build Community Labs for Bio-Hacking” of October 6 and “DIY/DIT Synthetic-Biology 3DP? Maker Citizen BioScientists Build Community Labs for Bio-Hacking (Part 2-Ebola-Epidemic UPDATE)” of October 13.

Further demonstrating Techreative Brooklyn’s claim to invention and innovation at the wetware cross-over of art and science, bits and atoms, is the world’s first-ever (founded in late 2010—that’s how new all this is!) Community Biotechnology Lab, Genspace on iconic Flatbush Avenue.

This public-good innovation in Bio-Hacking was created by co-founders (and both Ph.D.s) President Ellen Jorgensen and Director, Scientific Programs, Oliver Medvedik.

I was delighted to write about Ellen in my October 13 post (link above). And, I’m working to gently dragoon Oliver into joining our new HCx3DP New York Meetup Panel entitled: “DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) Healthcare: Present &  Prospective Realities & Trends At The HCx3DP-Community Grassroots”—on the evening of Wednesday, 12 November at the DUMBO Startup Lab, DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The OpenTrons open-source, liquid-handling robot built by Will Canine (a Genspace member). The robot---which won an Editor's Choice award from "Make:" Magazine at the World Maker Faire in Queens at the end of September---will be the focus of a Kickstarter campaign in November.

The OpenTrons open-source, liquid-handling robot built by Will Canine (a Genspace member). The robot—which won an Editor’s Choice award from “Make:” Magazine at the World Maker Faire in Queens at the end of September—will be the focus of a Kickstarter campaign in November.

In striving to appreciate Dr. Medvedik’s many vectors—and especially what Dr. Jorgensen described as his “3D printing at Genspace”—I chased his wide swath around Google. As I enjoyed perusing Oliver’s many “doings” across disciplines, that beautiful word “consilience”—my definition: cross-boundary creativity—came to mind. He seems to embody that NeoBrooklynite I keep calling techcreative—as recently as three paragraphs above! Kudos, Doctor! Even if I can’t convince Oliver to join our Panel on 12 November, I look forward to meeting him…in any context.

Genspace is now spawning actual hardware and software in support of wetware.

One of the first Community-denizen efforts of this kind was to automate the labor-intensive Bio-Hacking work necessary to iterate fragile life in fluids and test tubes. Genspace member Will Canine created his award-winning OpenTrons Robot to solve this automated liquid-handling problem.

In this OpenTrons Robot example, we could think in (consilient) terms of 3D printing in the “material” of fluids and/or organisms. A far cry from extruding melted plastic or laser sintering metal powers. But, an appropriate form of DigiFab and Additive Manufacturing, all the same.

Then there’s Cambrian Genomics. This is the San Francisco startup that Autodesk’s Carl Bass, President & CEO,  has lauded—more than once—as breakthrough. WIRED Mag quoted Carl to the effect that “Cambrian Genomics is a laser printing DNA company that can make more DNA in a single run than is usually produced in the entire world in a year.”

And, the company’s breakthrough was applying 3DP to DNA gene sequences: thus 3D printing DNA. Yes—in HC terms—this is DEFINITELY “patient-specific” Healthcare bioneering at the genetic level from a 3D printer.

Sarah Hoit, Materials Scientist, Material ConneXion & ThinkLAB; Co-Author, "Materials (R)evolution: Additive Manufacturing"

Sarah Hoit, Materials Scientist, Material ConneXion & ThinkLAB; Co-Author, “Materials (R)evolution: Additive Manufacturing”

For a broader look at 3D printing materials of every kind—and their implications for Healthcare—I recommend you turn to Material ConneXion Inc. (MCX) and its first report on Additive Manufacturing materials. I reported on MCX via an interview with its Materials Scientist Sarah Hoit that was published by 3DPI (3D Printing Industry Ltd.) on 24 October. (I was also delighted to see that my interview of Sarah made the 3DPI Top 10 “Most Read” of last week! Ahhh…nothing like {commercially positive} worldwide exposure!)

So, let me wrap this post up by circling back to my title: “What ‘Matter’ Are You 3D Printing? It Ain’t Just Plastic Anymore! In Fact, It May Be Alive…As In 3DP’d Life-Forms For YOUR Healthcare!

I’m so enamored of the application of 3DP to Life Sciences that last week—27 October—I posted a kind of project manifesto on this site—a pivot adjustment for our media startup 3DP Media. I’ve entitled this innovative effort HCx3DP New York. (“HCx3DP” stands for “Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing!”)

With this pivot, I’m addressing the next evolutions and revolutions in BioTech, MedSci, SynBiology, DIYbio—and how they all “matter” (poor pun) in the advancement of Healthcare via 3DP imaginatively applied (and much of that “imagination” is bubbling up from DIY/DIT sources). 

To help build our HCx3DP Community, we’ve created a Meetup Group entitled: “HCx3DP NY: Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing = Synergies!” Regardless of whether you ever attend one of our Meetup events, I’d be delighted to have you become a member of our Meetup Community. It’s free.

HCx3DP MUp NYAs noted above, our first HCx3DP Meetup Event is Wednesday, 12 November. You can learn more (and RSVP to join in) at “DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) Healthcare.

C’mon Back!

LAND

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