The latest 3D printing technology calls to mind real-world applications of fictional, futuristic technology

3D-printing3D printers have garnered attention in education as of late, due to their ability to generate unique objects and their capacity to engage students and drum up interest in STEM subjects such as engineering.

In fact, 3D printers help students make real-world connections between their classroom learning and careers and technological applications.

As the technology advances, many think it is approaching “Star Trek status,” as they liken 3D printing to the original series’ replicator technology.

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Laura Ascione

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