In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Call to Arms", Sisko mines the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole using self-replicating cloaking mines. Each mine contains a replicator capable of producing another mine, that also contains a replicator.
An answer might come from a broader realization that the computer rarely stumbles over anything but a lack of information.
For example, Scotty somewhat infamously asks the Holodeck to produce an image of the bridge of his old Enterprise. The exchange is as follows:
Computer: "Please enter program."
Scotty: "The android at the bar said ya' could show ...
According to this earlier answer, which quotes the TNG Technical Manual, replicators need raw materials.
raw stock for food replicators is stored in the form of a sterilized organic particulate suspension that has been formulated to statistically require the least quantum manipulation to replicate most finished foodstuffs.
Hence, there is ...
Replicators still require raw matter and energy to function, both of which can be charged for. Also, not everything can be replicated (latinum) and other items would be too big to replicate in your standard replicator system (such as a starship).
In other cases people may just prefer the "real" thing to something replicated. Food for instance; someone may ...
The lack of ready supplies of energy is a constant feature of the first season of Voyager. Limiting the use of secondary systems like the replicators (and their rationing) was a good way of showing this to audiences.
KIM: There's an ancient Chinese curse, Captain. May you live in interesting times. Mealtime is always interesting now that Neelix is
Replicators have certain limitations. They can't create:
As for the living organisms, Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual states that:
Though the replicators use a form of transporter technology, it's at such a low resolution that creating living tissue is a physical impossibility.
As for the ...
There are also a number of examples of the computer asking someone to specify a temperature for a beverage or provide some other specific piece of information. It may be that some exchange of this kind happened which caused Picard to develop his odd way of addressing the computer:
PICARD: Computer, tea.
COMPUTER: Please specify variety. There are ...
Before the Ferengi encountered the Federation, they were already an empire whose primary interaction with other alien civilizations was the establishment and continuation of profitable trade. This culture of trade is embodied within their Rules of Acquisition, which are a series of cultural mores built around what the Ferengi consider policies of successful, ...
This is right from Wikipedia - Replicator (Star Trek):
A replicator can create any inanimate matter, as long as the desired molecular structure is on file, but it cannot create antimatter, dilithium, latinum, or a living organism of any kind; in the case of living organisms, non-canon works such as the Star Trek: the Next Generation Technical Manual state ...
There are a considerable number of examples of replicators producing something other than food, cutlery or crockery.
In TNG: Data's Day, we visit the Replicator Center to see a child replicating a toy.
In DS9: Civil Defence, we see the replicators generate an automated weapon.
In TNG: Masks, we see the replicator generate a metal mask.
In Ent: Dead Stop, ...
Obviously, if any Federation planet undergoes any sort of disaster, famines included, Starfleet would be ordered to render aid, such as by bringing food supplies and food replicators. Still, federation worlds can go through famine if there's a disruption in the Federation world's food supply while they're cut off from Federation aid.
The disruption could be ...
This sounds very like the Nancy Kress short story, Nano comes to Clifford Falls, first published in the July 2006 Asimov's and later printed in her story collection of the same name.
It tells the story of Carol, her deadbeat husband Jack, and their three children as civilization collapses because nobody needs to work anymore.
It has the people sharing time ...
First, transports take 2-3 seconds to complete dematerialization, and a few more for materialization. We wouldn't see the crew fade in/out during the glowy parts otherwise.
Second, there's this quote from Star Trek: Enterprise 1x04, Strange New World:
Reed: "There's a problem, sir. There's contaminants in the matter
stream. The phase discriminator ...
In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Ferengi Love Songs" FCA agent Brunt beams into Quark's closet on the Ferengi homeworld. On a chain attached to his collar, Brunt wears a bar of gold-pressed latinum.
There is other, circumstantial evidence.
It seems unlikely that ultra-capitalist Quark travels without any currency on him, yet he was beamed ...
Yes, absolutely you can.
In the episode TNG: Samaritan Snare, the Pakled take Geordi's phaser from him and replicate several more.
Quoting from the screenplay
REGINOD: (re: the phaser) We can make more.
Geordi reacts, realizing:
GEORDI: You have a replicator?
GREBNEDLOG: (with pride) It is not broken.
GEORDI: I didn't come here to ...
Aside from the Cardassians having replicators in Deep Space Nine, there are at least two other non-Federation races that have replicator technology.
In The Next Generation episode The Next Phase, Riker asks some Romulans where their replicators are. Although the Romulans reply that they are offline (or damaged) they do not say that they don't have ...
Very accessible. In DS9 "Blaze of Glory" we hear Eddington ranting about food replicators.
EDDINGTON It may look like chicken, but it still tastes like
replicated protein molecules to me.
SISKO If you don't want it, don't eat it.
EDDINGTON Remember that Thanksgiving dinner you cooked for the senior
staff last year? How many months did it ...
The entire plot of Field of Fire (DS9) is about a replicated TR-116 Rifle. If you are looking for a reference for a weapon being replicated, there you are.
SISKO: Chief, did you ever hear of a TR one one six rifle?
O'BRIEN: It was a prototype. Developed by Starfleet Security to
operate in energy dampening fields or radiogenic environments.
Assuming you're referring to TNG (onwards), Federation starships carry a feedstock of raw materials that can be easily converted into the widest possible range of substances by the replicator systems. Before this, starships (like the Enterprise NX-1 and Enerprise NCC-1701) used reclamation systems to process waste water back into potable water. There's no ...
The answers I've seen here are an excellent exploration of the first part of your question, namely, why were the replicators shut down on Voyager.
However, what I'm not seeing are any answers to the second part of your question, namely, if replicators use more energy than cooking, then why did they allow humans to stop working for a living? Wouldn't the ...
It does not directly mention an artificial food generator, but I think it is close and is is from the father of science-fiction:
Jule Verne together with his son Michel wrote in "In the Twenty-Ninth Century: The Day of an American Journalist in 2889" (Au XXIXme Siecle: La Journée d’un Journaliste Américain en 2889, first appeared 1889, but later modified ...
I was happy to see corsiKa's comment, as this reflects a theory I've had for a long time. If Picard asked for "hot, Earl Grey tea," he would get exactly the same thing, but this hasn't always been the case. When Picard was younger, the Federation's parsing technology was not so advanced, and replicators only understood basic commands, so you had to order in ...
Since he doesn't have access to a Federation replicator in his quarters (presumably Cardassian replicators don't contain the patterns for Federation uniforms) the implication is that he didn't leave himself enough time to get to a replicator station, then get changed.
Note that in the original script, he tells Dax that his plan is to get Garak to make him ...
The Replicators most likely are not doing anything particularly wrong. However, we have a few things to consider here.
The replicator has pre-programmed recipes inside of it. Unless you make or take your Grandmother's apple pie to something that can test it and determine its full compositional breakdown, it will only taste like whose ever version of pie ...
The implication is that you can create new dishes from a combination of the 4500 existing ingredients by making a "program"
JANEWAY: Now you tell me. You go for authenticity and what do you get? Second-degree burns. I've been slaving over that replicator
programme for hours. What was this bizarre rumour I heard about half
the crew on deck five getting ...
Replicators are common on federation ships, but don't seem as available to other cultures, or independent / underground communities. This is government/military grade, top of the line technology you're talking about. There may be agreements to share some technology with allies, but it's not 'open source', so to speak.
I can't say for certain, but it's in fandom it's commonly said that transporters work on the quantum level, while replicators only work on the molecular level. This could lead to slight errors in replicated material, as with the replicated DNA in the TNG episode Data's Day.
The fact that latinum can't be replicated, or at least isn't economical to replicate,...
IIRC Troi did not enter a security code, she simply told the computer "yes, override the programming" which says to me that there is no actual security code needed, it's simply a matter of telling the computer to "do it thus" and "yes I really want it that way".
As to the why, it's not so much a restriction as it is default programming and it's probably ...