RepRap : a self-replicating rapid prototyper

RepRap is a project to make a rapid prototyping machine (aka 3D printer) which can build most of its own parts, with a total cost of under $500. There are already several working prototypes, and they "hope to announce self-replication in 2008".

"RepRap etiquette asks that you use your machine to make the parts for at least two more... for other people at cost."

If this achieves the exponential growth that they're obviously aiming for, it will enable open source distributed development of physical objects (including of course itself), which would be nothing short of revolutionary.

And their canonical test object is a shotglass.

1 comment:

  1. When RepRap first came out I fully expected to have a working clone of it in 6 months.

    .. overly optimistic I suppose.