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The Real-Life Star Trek Replicator

 - Oct 19, 2008   Updated: Jun 22 2011
References: objet
Here's a printer that prints solids--not solid colors, solid objects! Any 3-D object that can be created on a computer can now be printed just like the Star Trek Replicator.

Objet is a $40,000 desktop invention that creates prototype models. Shapeways is a spin-off where inventors can upload their concepts and order a full-sized prototype of their creation. Make me a Counselor Deanna Troi, Scottie, stat!

Implications - Technological advances allow many products from cyberspace to be replicated in reality. This development addresses the consumer anxiety that society is becoming lost in an online world and losing touch with everyday life. To alleviate this tension, a business would benefit from considering how to fuse elements from the Internet with products from the real world.