Cars, guitars, and tracheal implants: Is there anything that 3-D printers can't make?
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3-D printers might soon slip the surly bonds of Earth. In June the first 3-D printer designed for space passed a series of microgravity tests at NASA's Johnson Space Center, according to Made In Space, a space manufacturing company that built the device. Slated to arrive at the International Space Station next year, the printer is part of a NASA-led experiment to test 3-D printing in space as a way to reduce astronauts' dependence on supplies ferried from Earth. Looking ahead, NASA is also exploring ways to "print" food in space using 3-D printing technologies, although tests aboard an actual space flight are years away, the agency says.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.