Many equate the 3D printer as being the earliest form of a real-life teleporter--or transporter, if you prefer to get your science from Star Trek. The only problem is that you're not actually moving an object from point A to point B, you're just creating a duplicate somewhere else. So "Scotty" might actually be the next step in developing a working transporter, since it goes the extra mile to destroy the original object.
By Nadine Huelsen, Director, Product Lifecycle Management, SAP 3D printing has captured a lot of attention thanks to its science fiction connotations. In reality, 3D printing is anything but fiction since it’s available in many households - even as a sophisticated toy for kids. Clearly, 3D printing is more than a passing [...]
I mean, sure, emailing a wrench into space is pretty awesome, but so is using the wonderful technology of home 3D-printing to make yourself a badass Batsuit, right? Stevie Dee of Crimson Coscrafts knows what's up.
Soon Disney will begin lining its commercial Star Wars coffers with plastic action figures, T-shirts, and collapsible lightsabers. But one French 3D printing outfit took more of a "screw it, I'll do it myself" approach by creating a 3D-printed version of the new Star Wars lightsaber.