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How about printing out biological stuff (such as heart) in 3D instead? That's where the money lies.
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How about printing out biological stuff (such as heart) in 3D instead? That's where the money lies.
Thats not printing thats cloning.
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If it can print legos I will be happy.
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How about printing out biological stuff (such as heart) in 3D instead? That's where the money lies.
They've been experimenting with that. They actually implanted a printed heart into a living rat and it lived for over 24 hours after. Was in Scientific American a year or two ago.
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Could 3D Printing Change the World?

Short answer? No, because the printed product would have to be useful, which they currently aren't really.

Long answer, it will provide the design framework and infrastructure for a 3D nano-assembly type system, which will actually be able to produce useful mechanical parts, or for that matter anything at all. When such a system becomes reality, the means of production will almost completely shift back to cottage industry over mass production. You don't need to worry about "jobs" when everyone on planet Earth can work from home for themselves.
Edited by Jarhead - 10/17/11 at 8:01pm
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Thats not printing thats cloning.
How exactly is that similar to cloning? I don't think we're that good to the point where we can control the organ's overall structure to be the same as the original on, cell by cell.
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If it can print legos I will be happy.
It can.
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It can.
Good, because there's always that *one* piece that you're missing, and Lego wants to charge you like $10 for it or something.
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So are we talking precursor to Star Trek replicators here?
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http://dimensionprinting.com/

Printers are very affordable. 20k sound like a lot? Not when you're paying some company $2k a prototype. Just fill this thing with the reels of ABS plastic and you can print parts between $2 and $30. We have a BST 1200es.
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