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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...