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3DPrinting A Whole New Future

– Posted in: Science/Energy
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3D Printing is an amazing and emerging manufacturing and modeling technology that holds unlimited application and potential. Initially, 3D printers used plastics to reproduce any item placed in it like magic. The printer uses laser scanning technology to map out an item, then the 3D printer prints it. One of the first publicized demonstrations of that technology was on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, seen below.

But now, there are several different printers and over a hundred different materials. There are plastics, composites, metals, and even human tissues. There is even one, the RepRap, which reproduces itself. There are starting to be reprap festivals and RepRap.org is an online community and resource center.

These inventions make almost anything possible, as seen in the following clip.

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