WATCH A SUPER-FAST 3D PRINTER SCIENTISTS CALL THE “REPLICATOR” | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


WATCH A SUPER-FAST 3D PRINTER SCIENTISTS CALL THE “REPLICATOR”

But now scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have found a shortcut: a printer that can fabricate objects in one shot using light — and which could, potentially, revolutionize rapid manufacturing technology.

THE REPLICATOR
The research, published in the journal Science yesterday, describes a printer the researchers nicknamed “the replicator” in a nod to “Star Trek.”

It works more like a computed tomography (CT) scan than a conventional 3D printer. It builds a 3D image by scanning an object from multiple angles, then projects it into a tube of synthetic resin that solidifies when exposed to certain intensities of light. In two minutes, for instance, the team was able to fabricate a tiny figurine of Auguste Rodin’s famous “The Thinker” statue.

3D Printing 2.0The replicator might have groundbreaking implications, but it does have some inherent limitations as well: the objects it produces are small, and require special synthetic resin to produce.But it’s an exciting new technology — and one that could lead to a “Star Trek” future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is always fascinating, seeing how quickly science fiction turns into science fact!!

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA