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.
|"How the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity."|
|“I'm not by default optimistic.”|
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|“AI has already surpassed us in many areas of our society.”|
|“The Amish use us as an experiment.”|
|“Every human being on this planet will be completely redundant within a decade.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Fake Name Generator|
|“These planets are more likely to look like giant eyeballs whose gaze is forever fixed on their host star.”|
|“Without any security company in the world recognizing that it even existed.”|
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|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Amateur-Built Electric Car Going After Record Set by Tesla|
|When the Wrong Hastag Can Get You Killed by an Assassination Drone|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“The company’s ambition, its ruthlessness, and its lack of a moral compass scare me.”|