We're a long way off from Star Trek's replicators, but the next best thing is becoming more affordable and popular: 3D Printing. Graham Templeton of geek.com has put together this list of ten objects that prove 3D printing will change the world. Above, the Sad Keanu meme turned into a 3D action figure.
This has been a big year for 3D printing, but to really appreciate the progress it's made we need to look at some of its most ambitious, inventive, or just plain odd products. We've reported in the past the NASA has begun printing shuttle parts that are theoretically mission-ready, and that the process has become so normal as to spawn a vending machine. However, it's in the mass use of digital manufacturing that it will truly change the world, not just streamline the production process for those who were already doing it, but bring that ability to an audience literally thousands of times larger than before.
Here are ten 3D-printing projects from 2012 that show just a bit of the potential of this exciting new technology, either the bold new directions it can allow or the somewhat alarming obsolescence it can forecast for certain industries.
|The Triumph of the Ordinary Cellphone|
|Instant Spray-On Clothes|
|"The company that controls messaging will control the future of the way we interact with people."|
|Books in the Age of the iPad|
|Mourning the Loss of the Hard Copy Dictionary|
|Religious Loophole to Turn Lights On and Off During Shabbat|
|Where AI is Currently At|
|"A spacecraft may be possible that could maintain a steady acceleration into and through interstellar space without the need to carry along propellants."|
|The End of Doodling|
|"Super-detailed scans of actual human brains that run as models on computers"|
|"John Deere is the largest operator of autonomous vehicles."|
|“Trump is what happens when you fail to understand our global problems in their interconnected, systemic context.”|
|"How advertising has become increasingly persuasive and tailored in the age of big data"|
|"We’ve never before built machines that operate in ways their creators don’t understand."|
|Extinct Alien Civilisations|
|Building a High Powered Air Cannon with PVC Piping|