According to this cartoon from 1964, Superman invented the first 3D printing and scanning systems. Cartoonists from 50 years ago were dreaming of the future and what could be possible. Even the idea of 3D scanning and 3D printing people. We often think of 3D printers as new technology but as you can see in the cartoon these ideas have been around for a very long time.

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Source: Weird Universe