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We aren't quite at Star Trek replicator levels of awesomeness yet, but we're getting there.

This week astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) printed the first 3D object in space.

A private company called Made In Space designed and built the printer for NASA through their Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

The printed piece is actually a part for the printer itself - a faceplate for the extruder.

So what is the significance of all this?

"This 'First Print' serves to demonstrate the potential of the technology to produce replacement parts on demand if a critical component fails in space," said Jason Dunn, Chief Technical Officer for Made In Space.

And maybe to make a fork and knife to eat all that meat the British keep sending up there.

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DIY of the Day: Thingiversian Tom Lombardi used a common household 3D printer to create quite possibly the most necessary tool since the first one: The Lucky Charms Cereal Sifter.

Lombardi writes: 

Another feeble box of Lucky Charms cereal? No problem, create that most excellent bowl with charms in every bite with this Charms Sifte

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Upgraded Childhood of the Day: Artur Tchoukanov and Joris Peels are two guys with a dream -- a dream of creating a device that transforms kids' drawings into real-life toys for them to play with.

An Easy-Bake Oven for the 3D printer generation, Origo will allow kids to effortlessly convert drawings rendered in 3Dtin into 3D plasti

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