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A guitar made of metal and Lucite: This is going to look like something beamed down from a UFO. It'll cost $880 for the two parts and take about a week to make them. Then all I have to do is snap them together and bolt on the neck, bridge, and a few electric components.

At 2 in the morning on a Tuesday, I finally hit the Place Order button. My design shoots off to Lewis' farm of roboticized fabrication machines.

I've just printed a guitar.

MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld calls it the fab revolution - every bit as important as the invention of the personal computer, he says. Cyberspace and PCs made bits flexible; fabrication technology is doing the same thing to atoms. Eventually, he claims, you won't even need a middleman like eMachineShop, because every house will have its own personal fabricator. -Writer Clive Thompson joins the fab Lab" revolution in WIRED.
Ooooh. Almost like Neal Stephenson's Matter Compiler from The Diamond Age.

See more Inventions and Ideas from Science Fiction.

Product Development from 104 SF authors for anyone who enjoys those "Science behind Star Trek/Star Wars" books. Lots of (engadgetty/gizmodoish?) "tomorrow's tech today" sources to be found (e.g. Neal Stephenson's Matter Compiler and Contour Crafting: 3D House Printer; Frank Herbert's Cutteray - and the mining laser; PKD's electric sheep, Ray Bradbury's mechanical arm, brian adldiss's teddy and robotics.Bruce Sterling's Digital Running Shoes and Adidas Micropacers, William Gibson's Vat Grown Meat from Neuromancer and, NASA's experiment on, well, vat grown meat.)

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