Woman’s Day ’80th Birthday Issue’ Showcases NASA Astronaut and 3D Printing

EIC Susan Spencer: "We've found our newsstand readers love crafts and food, and we wanted to stay true to their expectations."

For Woman’s Day magazine subscribers, the September 2017 edition cover features Jeanette J. Epps, currently training in Houston to live and work on the International Space Station. At the newsstand end, the “80th Birthday Issue” highlights a sunflower-shaped cookie made with the help of a very special extra ingredient.

The first issue of Hearst’s Woman’s Day carried a date-stamp of Oct. 7, 1937. Since that time, things have changed greatly in the skies and in the kitchen. From the magazine’s explanatory note, by Alyssa Priebe:

The test kitchen searched for right-size cookie cutters. When there were none to be found, [creative director] Peter [Hemmel] suggested custom-printing cutters.

After some research, Peter found 3D printing expert Austin Robey. Austin’s journey with 3D printing began in 2010 when he created models while studying architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City. After graduation, Austin founded Make Mode, a creative 3D printing and digital fabric studio. He now owns Pixels Practice, where he teaches classes and workshops on the art of 3D printing.

When a Woman’s Day team flew to Houston to watch Epps train, there was a very cool bonus for editor in chief Susan Spencer. She got to drive a NASA training-simulator of a Mars rover.