That was an awesome slideshow. Thank you for this awesome find.
It's amazing how far the technology has come with this. Contour crafting to print an entire building is a sweet concept.
The 3-D Printing Photo Booth Of The Future
At a New York hacker conference back in July, a German security consultant known only as “Ray” made something of a mockery of one of law enforcement's most important accoutrement: the handcuff. Using plastic handcuff keys that he printed from CAD files on a 3-D fabricator, he wowed the crowd be easily popping open sets of cuffs designed by multiple European security firms, highlighting the potential for foul play inherent in a technology that makes the sharing of physical objects so simple. Criminals have long made handcuff keys, but doing so required getting one's hands on an actual key and creating a duplicate in a metal shop. With 3-D printing, you just need a digital file--easily shared and duplicated. The capacity to subvert the law is but a mouse click away.
Originally posted by unityemissions
3d Scan a key and print it out. That could be an issue until locks are all digital.
Originally posted by goochball
Hopefully they'll figure out how to 3d print 3d printers so we can all get one for cheap.
RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend...
Originally posted by Glycon
I wouldn't be surprised if within the next one hundred years (provided we haven't destroyed ourselves) we've developed this technology far enough to "print" life. Their excuse will probably be along the lines of "To fight the growing hunger of the population" when in reality it's used to produce soldiers and the like.
Originally posted by happykat39
The new wonder child of the technical world is the 3-D printer. Various models are capable of printing anything from simple low resolution plastic parts to multi material multi color 3-D printers that can be used to make actual production grade prototypes from plastics and metals. Some feed the plastic through a heated nozzle and others use fine plastic, ceramic or metal powder and laser sinter it one very fine layer at a time.
Here is a SLIDE SHOW of some of the best products of this fairly new and rapidly growing technology