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Affordable 3-D printer can print itself!

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

This affordable 3-D printer can print itself!

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When Adrian Bowyer and Vik Olliver decided to try their hand at creating a printer that could print tangible, 3D objects, they decided that the most important thing it could be designed to do would be to print copies of itself. Using a conventional 3D printer (called a “rapid prototyper”), they had it construct the parts necessary to assemble their own, self-replicating design. Called the RepRap (short for “Replicating Rapid-prototyper”), their first release version (dubbed “Darwin”) was able to print out the parts needed to construct a second, “child” RepRap machine. At 2pm on May 29th, 2008, the child machine was constructed at Bath University in the UK… and a few minutes later it was already churning out the parts to build its own, “grandchild” copy of the machine.

Very interesting self-replicating 3D printing machine. Seems nice to use for creating coat hooks, plastic gears and maybe even plastic replica’s of parts from one of your gadgets that you might have lost.
For the price of only about $500 for the parts, I think I should ask a Product Design lecturer to get one of these…

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