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These damn buckyball deskdot neodymium magnet balls fit
together in all sorts of arrangements -- aren't there whole
math courses at MIT dedicated to ways of packing spheres
together? Even cooler when they want to stick in various
configurations more than others. So how about a 3D printer,
arranger, that placed balls according to whatever
configuration a software had figured out would be the
strongest, most solid, most elastic, most adaptive, etc, in
order to make up a virtual object with variable properties.
Magnetic doo dads
[JesusHChrist, Jan 24 2011]
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||Isn't that what's happening in a standard laser sintering
machine, at a small enough level (atoms)?