Ever since the ’60s, the science fiction series Star Trek has enthralled viewers with a sense of wonder about space and the universe, as well as given them a glimpse of what the future may hold. In fact, there exist many cases where inventions in Star Trek have become reality.
One example is replicator technology, or what we know today as 3D printing. In Star Trek, replicators provided starship crews with meals, clothing, and spare parts from waste materials. While there is no way for current 3D printers to use trash as feedstock, the list of things that can be printed is constantly growing, driven by development in better processes and finer computer control.
Here, an infographic by Best Computer Science Schools — a ranking page for IT schools and courses — shows the variety of objects that can be made using 3D printing, which range from clothes to implantable human organs. Also, the infographic explores the potential of 3D printed meat to change the world’s food landscape, providing cheap nutrition at low environmental cost to millions of people.