3D printing is how the replicator creates things. All 3D printing means is that it creates one layer at a time to create some object. It does not matter if it uses a powder or matter-energy conversion or each layer is a few micron thick or a few molecules thick. Current 3D printers use powders and each layer is about a millimeter thick, but give a 100 years and we would have something that could create a piece of cake in a printer.
It actually is true. I can't believe I didn't realize this before. Replicators are just highly advanced 3D printers.
Nothing new there, McDonald's have been doing it for decades.
Join Date : September 2010. Still boldly going forward because Cryptic couldn't be bothered to install reverse.
I am currently unsupervised, anyone who know me will tell you that this will most likely lead to trouble. =3
Warrning : I grant death wishes between my 1st and 4th morning coffee.