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Old December 25 2010, 04:41 PM   #5
LCARS 24
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Re: replicator technology now?

In addition to stereolithography and seleclive laser sintering for fast prototyping, both of which are well developed and pretty cool, there have been food replicators on the market since 1986, but they are called bread machines rather than using the Trek term. They can make loaves of bread, cakes, muffins, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_machine

And if you have a Lightwave or other CGI model of a Trek ship, you can take it to a stereolithography shop and have it printed out as a physical (plastic) model.
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