NextEngine’s 3D scanner system has the ability to reproduce items in plastic, much like a photocopier duplicates two-dimensional text and pictures.
By using a laser to scan a three-dimensional object, an image is digitized, and then "printed" or manufactured in plastic.
Featured on "Jay Leno’s Garage," this system was used mainly to create plastic prototypes of car parts, which in turn can be given to mechanics to restore vintage automobiles.
Perhaps this technique will be the norm for all manufacturing industries.
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