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.
|"It's time to question the near-universal assumption that the ideal military recruit is young and male."|
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|Microsoft Building the Holodeck|
|"Fortifying our homes against drone incursion will be the next bull market in security."|
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|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|Vintage Mobile Phones|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
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|“You can often hide from an AI video system with the aid of a simple color printout.”|
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|“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|
|“A driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road.”|