Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
×

More from deviantART



Details

Submitted on
July 14, 2009
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
144
Favourites
1 (who?)
Comments
11
×
REPLICATORS! Ring any bells?

Look at your computer setup and imagine that you hooked up a 3D printer. Instead of printing on bits of paper this 3D printer makes real, robust, mechanical parts. To give you an idea of how robust, think Lego bricks and you're in the right area. You could make lots of useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make most of the parts to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy itself.

RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid-prototyper. It is the practical self-copying 3D printer shown on the right - a self-replicating machine. This 3D printer builds the parts up in layers of plastic. This technology already exists, but the cheapest commercial machine would cost you about €30,000. And it isn't even designed so that it can make itself. So what the RepRap team are doing is to develop and to give away the designs for a much cheaper machine with the novel capability of being able to self-copy (material costs are about €500). That way it's accessible to small communities in the developing world as well as individuals in the developed world. Following the principles of the Free Software Movement we are distributing the RepRap machine at no cost to everyone under the GNU General Public Licence. So, if you have a RepRap machine, you can use it to make another and give that one to a friend...

The RepRap project became widely known after a large press coverage in March 2005, though the idea goes back to a paper on the web written by Adrian Bowyer on 2 February 2004.

RepRap Version 1.0 "Darwin" can be built by anyone now - see the Make your own RepRap link there or on the left, and for ways to get the bits and pieces you need, see the Obtaining Parts link.

READ THE REST HERE: reprap.org/bin/view/Main/WebHo… pictures and all that good junk)
  • Mood: Awestruck
Add a Comment:
 
:icongraphicnovellife:
graphicnovellife Jul 15, 2009  Student General Artist
intresting
Reply
:iconparadigm-shifting:
paradigm-shifting Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
indeed.
Reply
:icongraphicnovellife:
graphicnovellife Jul 15, 2009  Student General Artist
lol
Reply
:iconparadigm-shifting:
paradigm-shifting Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
i said something funny?
Reply
:icongraphicnovellife:
graphicnovellife Jul 15, 2009  Student General Artist
no
Reply
:iconparadigm-shifting:
paradigm-shifting Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
lulz
Reply
:iconaseamlessbond:
Aseamlessbond Jul 15, 2009
Hey! Lol something I know about(ish):woohoo:
I have seen one used to replicate an ancient Egyptian skull, it was then used by one of those very clever people to build on and show what the person would have looked like in life. It was fantastic to see it work! Well the whole damn process blew me away, I remember thinking at the time that it could be used for so many other amazing things! :D
Reply
:iconparadigm-shifting:
paradigm-shifting Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
indeed.
Reply
:iconspartanjedi:
spartanjedi Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting
now, can this thing make an ARG (contingency)
Reply
:iconparadigm-shifting:
paradigm-shifting Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Where's Carter when you need her? lol
Reply
Add a Comment: