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self-replicating rapid prototyper with a twist

Interesting story about a refrigerator-sized machine that would make “household items and gadgets, including kitchenware, cameras and even small musical instruments” out of metal or plastic. The cool thing, is that it would be able to make copies of itself – making it self replicating, and enable to original purchasers to defray the cost of thier machine by selling copies of it. This would be possible, because the RepRap project leader Dr Adrian Bowyer is not taking out a patent and will not charge a licence fee. “The most interesting part of this is that we’re going to give it away,” he said. It could be an interesting and revolutionary change in the way we manufacture things.

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