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There are many people who still think that 3D printing must surely resemble the replicator machines from Star Trek – just tell the system what you want (tea, Earl Grey, hot!) and boom, presto, there you have it, in a matter of seconds. But while we’re not quite there, researchers and companies are continuing to improve upon the technology’s speed and power to make our world even closer to that of the Star Trek universe .

 

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 , held in Los Angeles, California, an interdisciplinary team of Virginia Tech faculty and students displayed Source Form , a standalone 3D printing device that creates objects from crowdsourced data, based on a user’s request – not an existing 3D model. The project was mainly supported by the university’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology ( ICAT ), the VT School of […]