Many cultures have their own stories of lightning speed travel, teleportation and apparition. Muslims have the concept of Tay Al Ard, which comes from the words for folding of the earth, to excite them. Geeks have Star Trek's Transporter to inspire and scientsits have been working on teleporting information.
There have even been patents granted to teleportation technologies. Which if you're up for the chalenge, I dare you to try to build this US patent.
We will be talking about a different kind of teleportation. One that is accessible to the average person today (given they have a spare $1,500 or so) and seems poised to change the way we look at physical products. The general idea is to scan an object, turn it into a digital file and send it over the internet to be reproduced elsewhere. This is not as fast as folding the earth, but it's still a speedy way to deliver and iterate.
Step 1: Materials
- A windows machine
- To download and install 123D catch
- To download and install Meshmixer
- To download and install either Rhinoceros, Blender, or 123D.
- A 3D printer. Two "low cost" options are: Makerbot or the UP. If you're up for a kit and are excited by open source businesses go for the Makerbot! If you just want to buy something and get printing go for the UP.
- The software necessary for the variety of 3D printer you purchased. Replicator G, Pleasant3D are helpful.
- A camera. Any DSLR would be great, but even point and shoots will work.