Picard, Captain of USS Enterprise, felt that the replicators did not do Caviar justice, and therefore always tried to keep some of the original on hand.
This technology may seem out of a science fiction film, however 3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping, is a mechanised method whereby 3D objects are quickly made. The process uses a reasonably-sized machine connected to a computer containing blueprints for the object to be printed.
3D printing is now a maturing product, every in-ear hearing device for the deaf or hard-of-hearing that's made today is manufactured using 3D printing techniques. Similarly, many parts used in unmanned aerial vehicles, and about 90 parts used on military F-18s are 3D printed. The world's largest 3D printing technology company -- has a grant from the U.S. Air Force to help get the service's next jet, the F-35, to 900 3D printed parts.
In the future, businesses will not be forced to invest in man power and time in order to produce an efficient model for their design. Creating complete models in a single process using 3D printing has great benefits. This innovative technology has been proven to save companies time, manpower and money.
There are some possible new dangers with this technology, idea's are circulating around: 3D printing topics is whether it will soon be possible for people to download files for fully functional firearms and copyright theft and other intellectual property issues. Customs are also investigating how our boards may change in that a blueprint file could be emailed to NZ from overseas and reproduced.
The future developments are exciting as for the first time, scientists have printed human embryonic stem cells using a 3D printer.
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