The Daily Awesome: Star Trek Replicator Technology Advancing Fast

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Using a type of 3D printing technique called additive layer manufacturing (ALM), a high power laser is fired from above to melt a powdered material in a container. As the laser marks out a pre-programmed shape in the powder, the melted nylon solidifies making the first layer of the object that is to be printed.

One Per Cent: Bike ‘printed’ using layers of powdered nylon

That’s right, 3D printing.  This technology is advancing pretty fast, and the possibilities are endless with it.

Imagine coming up with an idea, plugging it into a computer program, and having it created (printed) right before your eyes out of powder.  It’s a CNC machine on steroids.

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