3D Printing & Imaging Science
Replicating Picard’s Tea Cup

Adafruit writer and MAKE pal johngineer has prepared and published a 3D model of Captain Picard’s tea cup, based on images found at TREKPROPS.DE.

I love the idea of using “Tea, Earl Grey, hot”—an image so often reached for to illustrate the idea of 3D-printing in general—as a benchmark for the state of the technology. We’ve pretty much got the handle and the cup down, already. The tea may take a while longer, I suppose, and purists who insist on direct energy-to-matter conversion will probably have to wait at least another couple of months. But we’re getting there.

16 thoughts on “Replicating Picard’s Tea Cup

  1. I’m pretty sure my grandpa used to have one, the plastic handle was bright red though. I’m pretty sure they were available at regular stores maybe 15yrs ago.

    It always ruined the futuristic effect for me to see current day products on future based shows. Like the flat plasma disks on the BORG regeneration stations or the backpack in Bicentennial man…

  2. I’m pretty sure my grandpa used to have one, the plastic handle was bright red though. I’m pretty sure they were available at regular stores maybe 15yrs ago.

    It always ruined the futuristic effect for me to see current day products on future based shows. Like the flat plasma disks on the BORG regeneration stations or the backpack in Bicentennial man…

  3. I’m pretty sure my grandpa used to have one, the plastic handle was bright red though. I’m pretty sure they were available at regular stores maybe 15yrs ago.

    It always ruined the futuristic effect for me to see current day products on future based shows. Like the flat plasma disks on the BORG regeneration stations or the backpack in Bicentennial man…

    1. We used to have those tea cups over 20 years ago. I think you can still get them at garage sales. Very common tea cup in the 80’s here in the Netherlands.

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