Sunday, June 15, 2008

RepRap Creates Child, Grandchild

One of the coolest possibilities of the home fabrication movement is the prospect of a fab printing out a working copy of itself. One group, called the RepRap project, considers that capability to be so integral to its mission that chose a name that reclected it -- RepRap comes from Replicating Rapid Prototyper.

Well, guess what, it happened -- a RepRap created a copy of itself. And then the child created a 3rd generation.

Adrian Bowyer (left) and Vik Olliver (right) with a parent RepRap machine, made on a conventional rapid prototyper, and the first complete working child RepRap machine, made by the RepRap on the left. The child machine made its first successful grandchild part at 14:00 hours UTC on 29 May 2008 at Bath University in the UK, a few minutes after it was assembled.

I cant stress enough go cool this technology is. The prospect of people being able to create all sorts of necessary products in their basement, paying only electrical and raw materials costs, promises to revolutionize the way we live.

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