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Production line of robots assembling each other

Posted at 12:20am on 12 Apr 2008

Open Source Self-Replicating Printer

A few months ago we wrote an article predicting the impending rise of bespoke manufacturing technologies, specifically the 3D printer.

It's happening. An open source group split across the US, UK and New Zealand has just announced the RepRap, a 3D rapid prototyping system capable of printing its own components. It's a long way from a general-purpose home manufacturing system, but it's definitely an important step closer.