Check out the above video. It’s just about the coolest thing I have ever seen. My initial thought was “this has got to be fake” but Zcorp is a real corporation and the process seems plausible, especially the way that simple models take several hours to “print” out.

I didn’t know such things were possible, but it looks like somebody found a way. I guess they took inkjet and laserjet technology and added a 3rd dimension to it (thus, the “Z”, as in the Z-axis), using some sort of plaster-like material to form the objects. I just think it’s so amazing that they got this crazy-ass idea to work. I bet it doesn’t come cheap, though.

What’s more, scientists are using similar technology to try and “print” organs (like, as in human organs) at the cellular level. Imagine a world where waiting for a liver transplant doesn’t involve waiting for a donor but waiting for the printer to finish. Of course, the error messages will get that much more annoying: “Out of BioInk. Please insert fresh flesh cartridge. Or you will die.”

I can only imagine that something this powerful would be insanely expensive. If this technology is going to come down to the masses we’re going to have to get the word out to the people who matter, the people who can really make a difference. Yes, that’s right: Pornographers. Once the porn industry gets ahold of this and starts making life-sized models in a big-ass printer the world will never quite the same.

Of course, you can already predict which organs will be the first to reach the mainstream. Just be careful what you ask for when you go to the printer.


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3 Responses to “The future of health care depends on the pr0n industry”

  1. Jeff Barr says:

    These 3D printers are really cool, aren’t they? According to the page at Z Research, they cost less than $40K. This is the same technology used by < HREF="" REL="nofollow">Fabjectory <> to create 3D models of Second Life avatars.

  2. LMMS says:

    Holy shit! I want one – NOW! No kidding about the medical industry. If only we could create axon fibers in 3D. I’m drooling…That’s going up on my blog pronto!

  3. fallout11 says:

    It’s called stereolithography, a common tool in rapid prototyping.A laser is used to condense a liquid polymer medium into a solid object, by simply focusing it on the correct location in space.The finished products are a bit rough, but serve the purpose of getting a solid model into the hands of designers in very short order.

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