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Questions tagged [replicator]

A Star Trek term used to describe the machine that rearranges subatomic particles into known (on file) foods and recipes. Use with the [star-trek] tag

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Why does the watch that Chakotay replicated months ago to give Janeway gain energy by being recycled?

Voyager "Year of Hell": JANEWAY: It's beautiful. CHAKOTAY: Nineteenth century, mechanical movement. It's a replica of the chronometer worn by Captain Cray of the British Navy, His ship was ...
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Does Anyone Know The Episode of Star Trek Where the Replicator is Used to Recycle a Book?

Does anyone know the episode of Star Trek: Voyager where Captain Janeway placed a book in the replicator and had it recycled? I am looking for the screencap when the book disappeared off the ...
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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?

Ferengis are all about acquisition and making a profit. But, in the age of replicators, where everything you want can be produced instantly, what would be the point of their lifestyle?
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek stories? With replicator technology and FTL communication, there is no need for cargo ships. You can just transmit the computer files on how to replicate ...
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Where do replicators get their material?

My fiance just asked me if replicators got their matter by dereplicating human waste, and I realized I wasn't sure. Even after researching the matter, I can't find any concrete information. So where ...
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How are new things added to the replicator?

In any series of Star Trek using this technology, how are new items--food-related or not--added to the replicator database for future replication? Couldn't find anything on StarTrek.com or the ...
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Where do replicator patterns come from? [duplicate]

We take for granted you can get almost anything you want. But, Where do replicator patterns come from? I don't recall any discussion of this. (Possibly the only evidence I can recall is that ...
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What happens to the air in the area, when things are transported or replicated?

A fundamental law of physics is, in short, that two things cannot exist in the same space at the same time. This is easily demonstrated by dropping a relatively large mass, such as pasta noodles, ...
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What would the replicator do if Picard ordered “Hot. Earl Grey. Tea.”?

Is a particular sequence required for detailed replicator requests? To elaborate, is there a reason Captain Picard orders his tea, "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." aka "Noun. Descriptor. Descriptor." and not ...
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How much energy does the replicator consume?

I have been seeing in various comments references to replicators in Star Trek, occasionally arguing against various scenarios from the standpoint of energy usage - with arguments along the lines of "...
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Did they have replicators on Kirk's Enterprise?

How exactly did the food dispensers work on the Constitution class Enterprise, and other ships of that period? Originally I thought they were just fancy ordering and preparation systems, maybe even ...
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Where does the real matter go that you bring in to the Holodeck when the program ends? [duplicate]

Where does the real matter go that you bring in to the Holodeck when the program ends? I was watching Voyager last night and with all of the girls they seem to program in to the Holodeck, and ...
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What rank does one need to override replicator nutrition restrictions?

In the Star Trek: TNG episode The Price we discover that the Enterprise replicators have a nutritional program which restricts which foods crew members can replicate: TROI: And, computer, I would ...
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Can phasers be replicated?

Assuming that I have access to a replicator without any security restrictions, could I replicate a phaser with the replicator? Would it be replicated charged, or would I have to charge it?
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Has the Replicator ever been used to hide anything?

Pretty much what the question asks. Has anyone ever hidden something inside a Replicator, and possibly left clues on which keywords to use to get it out?
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If replicators allowed humans to stop working, why were replicators shut down in the Voyager?

Replicators have been cited as the invention that allowed humans to stop working for a living. This implies that replicators are cheap and even free because they produce food at super-low cost. So low ...
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What was the first known mention of artificial food generators?

I'm referring to devices like Star Trek replicators and matter compilers in Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age. Are you aware of any earlier occurrences of such devices in literature or cinema?
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Are there things a Replicator cannot replicate?

As John O commented here on "How did Voyager replace its photon torpedoes?" What is special about a photon torpedo that would make them unmanufacturable without specialized tools that Voyager did ...
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Star Trek movie or episode containing on-screen example of replicating something else than food

We all know that Replicators can create food items, but I'm trying to find a screenshot or other image that depicts someone using a replicator to create an item that is unrelated to food. Accepted ...
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Is it possible to replicate a mobile emitter?

Within the Star Trek Voyager universe, I'd assume that if you have an object, you can create duplicates of it and replicate it. Is there anything preventing the crew from replicating The Doctor's "...
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What is Wrong with the Replicator?

In countless episodes of Star Trek incarnations, characters using the replicator for food state that "the replicator hardly does this justice", "this replicated [food item] never tastes quite right" ...
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Why can't Star Trek Replicator Technology and Transporter technology be combined to replace vital systems parts to the ship, say a new warp core?

They seem to have self-replicating mines, for god-sakes... how about replicating phaser arrays, plating, life-support systems, etc.
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Replicators causing a society collapse

I cannot recall the title of a story that explored the social consequences of introducing StarTrek-like replicator technology in current society. The plot centered on a village-sized community that (...
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Is there an in universe explanation why a replicator cannot create living organisms?

In the Star Trek Universe the replicator is able to build nearly anything from clothing to a hot meal seemingly out of thin air. Creating artificial life using it and replicating a living being have ...
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Is it possible to take over a Star Trek vessel by sabotaging its food replicators?

I think it would be simpler to incapacitate a Star Fleet vessel by sabotaging its food replicators than fighting it out with shields and weapons. Are there safety mechanisms on replicators? If so, ...
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Replicated Uniforms

In the DS9 episode "Move Along Home", when Bashir realizes he doesn't have a dress uniform, why doesn't he just replicate one? The general situation of DS9 isn't like that of Voyager, and so surely ...
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Can a replicator replicate a replicator?

As the title suggests, can a replicator replicate a (presumably slightly smaller)replicator? If it could, could it replicate a better replicator? One that works at the quantum level, like the ...
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Can a replicator de-replicate? [duplicate]

I was just thinking that with all the things replicated by a replicator, I never recall seeing them dispose of the non-consumable items replicated. E.g. whenever Picard asks for his tea, it always ...
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How accessible are replicators?

By the 24th century, replicators seem to be included all around a ship (based on the Enterprise-D), but what about non-starfleet places. Are replicators a standard part of the average human's home in ...
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If I want to replicate say three apples in a replicator, will they be exactly the same to the molecule or there would be slight variance?

As far as I know, the replicator reads files from the computer library and based on that pattern it creates the object or food. If it is just materializing objects to the molecule based on that ...
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In Star Trek, how can a Federation World go through a famine?

I just started watching ST:DS9. In one of the earlier episodes an alien race displaced from their home world in the Gamma Quadrant asks to be able to settle on Bajor. The Provisional government ...
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How common were non-Federation replicators?

While writing up an answer to this question, I was looking for information on how common dilithium mines were, trying to find evidence that dilithium couldn't be replicated. The only dilithium mines ...
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Can latinum be transporter beamed?

Latinum cannot be replicated via a replicator because < hand waving >. Replicators and transporters are based on the same underlying technology. Therefore, it seems reasonable that latinum also ...