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These machines typically cost from $20,000 to $1.5 million, says Hod Lipson from Carnegie Mellon University, US, who launched the Fab@Home project with PhD student Evan Malone in October 2006.
The standard version of their Freeform fabricator – or "fabber" – is about the size of a microwave oven and can be assembled for around $2400 (£1200). It can generate 3D objects from plastic and various other materials. Full documentation on how to build and operate the machine, along with all the software required, are available on the Fab@Home website, and all designs, documents and software have been released for free.
Thanks for posting that info. I'm going to try and create one. Sounds like it would come in quite handy at parties
Originally posted by a1ex
Taking Shrek the Movie and make my own "action figures"...I can see this becoming next next big fad...
- Make my own custom Built Beer Glass
- custom pc case
- for the ladies custom companionship when lonely
Make a 3d format of your avatar..... your own coins
Originally posted by sardion2000
I must also make clear one thing. It can print a whole lot more then just "playdoh and chocolate". Kind of a weak attempt at a joke that no one got so might as well set that straight less anyone get the false impression.
3D printer to churn out copies of itself
"I do not believe that self-replicating robots, smaller than viruses, will one day multiply uncontrollably and devour our planet.
"Such beliefs should be left where they belong, in the realms of science fiction."
The Prince acknowledges nanotechnology is a "triumph of human ingenuity".
"Some of the work may have fundamental benefits to society, such as enabling the construction of much cheaper fuel-cells, or new ways of combating ill-health," he says.
But he adds: "How are we going to ensure that proper attention is given to the risks that may... ensue?
Source: Prince warns of science 'risks'