The Desktop Factory
Roboticist Hod Lipson wants you to stop shopping and use his portable 3-D printer to make your own stuff.
Q: What’s the most extreme use you have in mind for this technology?
A: I want a printer to be all we need to send on long-term space explorations. After landing, it would print a robot that could walk out of the printer, batteries included. If the robot discovers a cave that requires a special tool to explore with, it could head back to the printer to make the right gadget. And if the robot breaks, just print another one.
Read the entire interview at Popular Science.