Search engine, 3D printer hybrid allows online objects to be printed
AFPTOKYO--Yahoo Japan Corp. has developed a voice-activated Internet search that links to a 3D printer, letting users look online for blueprints to deliver solid objects in a few minutes, the company said.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
The search engine scours the Internet for information that it can use to print palm-sized renderings of items as diverse as hippopotamuses or fighter jets.
The devices use slices of information about a three-dimensional object and gradually deposits fine layers of material — such as plastic, carbon or metal — to build a copy.
As part of the project, Yahoo Japan has introduced the 3D search engine to a school for blind and visually impaired students in Tokyo on a temporary basis, it said, adding they can use it for free until mid-October.