August 1, 2014 Leave a comment 3-D printing: What you need to know By Komando Staff 9,2689.2k Photo courtesy of MakerBot Possibly one of the coolest of the many cool gadgets in Star Trek is the replicator. Imagine being able to get any item - or meal - you want, exactly the way you want it, with no trip to the store or waiting in line. Need some clothes for a fancy date? They're ready in seconds and fit perfectly. Want a toy or musical instrument? No problem. Craving some comfort food? Just ask. -advertisement- Unfortunately, the Star Trek-style replicator probably won't ever happen - at least not for a long, long time. However, there's something close and it's already here. I'm talking about 3-D printing, and it's going to change the world. Before I talk about that, though, let's get started with a little background. Next page: A little background Continued on next page12345Next View All Leave a comment Previous Tips 5 essential tricks every tablet user needs to know Next Tips 5 social networks you don't know the kids are using Related Articles 5 wacky Kickstarter success stories 5 amazing gadgets you won't believe exist You won't believe what Amazon is selling now Is it cheaper to upgrade or replace an older computer?