Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Prototype of machine that copies itself goes on show

I have been watching rapid prototyping for some time now. These are machines that "print" 3d components. The article below is not new, but it is now public. The machine from bath is the first GPL self replicating machine.

So the idea of the Star trek replicator is getting closer.

"A University of Bath academic, who oversees a global effort to develop an open-source machine that ‘prints’ three-dimensional objects, is celebrating after the prototype machine succeeded in making a set of its own printed parts. The machine, named RepRap, will be exhibited publicly at the Cheltenham Science Festival (4-8 June 2008)."
http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2008/6/4/reprap.html

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