3D printers painstakingly print objects layer by layer. For larger objects, this process can take hours or even days.
Now scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have come up with a shortcut: a printer that can produce objects with light in one shot – and possibly revolutionize fast manufacturing technology.
The study published yesterday in the journal Science describes a printer the researchers called the "Replicator" in reference to Star Trek . It works more like a computed tomography scan (CT) than a conventional 3D printer.
He creates a 3D image by scanning an object from multiple angles and projects it into a resin tube that solidifies when exposed to light intensities.
In two minutes, the team managed to make a small figure of the famous "The Thinker" statue by Auguste Rodin.
The Replicator may have some groundbreaking implications, but it has some inherent limitations: the objects it produces are small and require a special resin to make them.
But it's an exciting new technology – and one that could lead to a future of Star Trek .
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