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Yahoo Japan develops 3D search engine-printer

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Posted September 19, 2013
Yahoo Japan Corp. has developed a voice-activated Internet search that links to a 3D printer, letting users look online for blueprints to deliver solid objects in a few minutes, the company said.
A woman demonstrates a voice-activated Internet search engine linked to a 3D printer in Tokyo on September 17, 2013
A woman demonstrates a voice-activated Internet search engine linked to a 3D printer in Tokyo on September 17, 2013.
 

The search engine scours the Internet for information that it can use to print palm-sized renderings of items as diverse as hippopotamuses or fighter jets.

Heralded as a technology that is potentially as game-changing as the steam engine was in its day, 3D printers have become a more commonplace reality over the last few years.

The devices use slices of information about a three-dimensional object and gradually deposits fine layers of material—such as plastic, carbon or metal—to build a copy.

Design information for a working handgun was posted online earlier this year, sparking warnings that the technology needed to be tamed amid fears of a wave of home-built weaponry.

Read more at: Phys.org

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