With 3D Printing, the Future Is Now!


Even if you’ve never watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, you’ve probably heard of the show’s “replicators” that created food and other objects on demand. The show was never very clear on how these machines worked, but they could create pretty much any inanimate object as long as its molecular structure was on file. When the show debuted in 1987, that idea was generally considered to be a pretty outlandish aspect of the science fiction show. However, with the recent emergence and advancement of 3D printing technology, I think we’re moving toward a reality where the idea of replicating objects from raw materials is a generally accepted practice rather than an element of science fiction. You may even say that the future is now. [Read more…]