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May 23 2013

How 3D Printers Could Feed Astronauts and Mine Asteroids

If you judged by the recent buzz in the media world, you might think that 3D printers are good for one thing only: creating untraceable guns, on demand, in the privacy of your home. What makes the 3D printer such an intriguing technology, though, is the extremely broad nature of their applications. They can be used to print replacement auto parts (or maybe, someday, entire vehicles). They are great for cranking out rapid prototypes of new kinds of objects–anything from sculptures to false teeth to custom iPod cases. The focus on gun ethics misses the big picture.

More here: NASA investing in 3-D food printer for astronauts

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