Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 17, 2015

Techie Corner – 2015 – Post #18 – Desktop Manufacturing

Techie Corner – 2015 – Post #18 – Desktop Manufacturing

When will desktop manufacturing become available?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Actually, a primitive version of desktop manufacturing is already available to consumers. It’s called 3D printing.

In the near future, we will be able to download instructions and manufacture most small or moderate size items, including food. This new technology will help reduce world hunger, dramatically.

But, it is only the beginning. Later this century, even desktop manufacturing will be replaced by programmable matter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programmable_matter

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  1. My brain can’t wrap around this one. A replicator from the old Star Trek days. Amazing. I’m waiting for transporters and time travel. Who knows! 🙂

    • Hi D. Wallace, The food replicator is fairly close. Shapeshifting molecules (programmable matter) will take a bit more R&D. Transporters and time travel, if achievable–and that’s a big “if”–will likely take several centuries. Personally, I’m looking forward to downloading new sofa designs and having the programmable matter convert from an old, tired couch to a spiffy new one. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

      • My brain is wobbling. I remember my grandfather telling me about the first time he flew on a plane with jet engines. He said the lack of propellors was terrifying. Times change.

      • Absolutely, D. Wallace! I remember propellers, too. Not many were still in service, but there were a few. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley


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