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.
|In Loving Memory: the SIM Card|
|“The promise of quasi-infinite and free energy is here.”|
|The Thankless Job of World Domination|
|Amelia, AI System Which Mimics Human Thinking|
|"The solution is to begin to de-link work from wages."|
|“If you really want to save the planet, you should die.”|
|“Cultured meat is finally on its way towards becoming a commercial reality.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|Somebody Needs to Build a New Facebook Stat|
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|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Bizarre Record Covers|
|When the Wrong Hastag Can Get You Killed by an Assassination Drone|
|“Lighter, more affordable, personal rapid transit: self-driving bikes.”|