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.
|Nokia's HumanForm: a Teardrop-Shaped Touch-Activated Flexible Phone|
|"Many of the jobs and industries we are now familiar with will be gone tomorrow."|
|In Loving Memory: the SIM Card|
|Planning a Human Mission to Outer Solar System|
|"These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells."|
|“Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence.”|
|“A two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door.”|
|“For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|“Self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities.”|
|“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”|
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|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|“How these systems are being fused together to design new regimes of totalitarian surveillance and control.”|
|Be an Unfucker|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|