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.
|TeleHuman: Life-Sized Holograms for Videoconferencing|
|The Information Age is Over|
|Bitcoin: the Digital Currency|
|"Whether in 50 or 100 or 200 years, there's a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea."|
|Boston Dynamic's Cheetah Running at 45 km/h|
|“Like a gigantic version of something you’d find in Toys 'R' Us.”|
|“If that fly on the wall is actually a fly.”|
|“You trust Google more than any priest, scholar, rabbi, coach, mentor, boss.”|
|iotacons: Pixelated Art by Andy Rash|
|Ubuntu 17.10 Artful "What the Fuck" Aardvark|
|“China’s unmanned stores allow people to live their lives with almost zero human contact.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“He says he tries to use Facebook as little as possible, and that his children aren’t allowed to use that shit.”|
|“These days, the children don’t play at break time anymore.”|
|“Millions of Americans are hassled to pay back money they don’t owe.”|