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3D printing: making product out of powder

Want to make a bike appear out of dust? 3D printing comes close, making it possible to pull a replicated bike out of powder.
3D printing has been around for a while now and engineers continue to explore its possibilities. One application is for the production tools in remote locations. For example, instead of stocking spare parts, 3D printing could allow a space traveler to just as easily print them.

But what about consumer products? Will we be printing out toys and tools from home in the future?

The following video by the BBC’s program Inside Out West takes a look at 3D printing in action, this time with engineers exploring more commercial applications, such as creating a bike.

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