Monday, May 07, 2007

Voyage to the 3rd Dimension

Speaking of the NYTimes, and Star Trek, there's also this fantastic article on three dimensional printers: "Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty"
Sometimes a particular piece of plastic is just what you need. You have lost the battery cover to your cellphone, perhaps. Or your daughter needs to have the golden princess doll she saw on television. Now.

In a few years, it will be possible to make these items yourself. You will be able to download three-dimensional plans online, then push Print. Hours later, a solid object will be ready to remove from your printer.
Really makes you wonder if the sci-fi actually drives the development of certain technologies by planting those seeds in our childhood minds.

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