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Imagine having a machine for $500 in your living room that can take your computer based specification for a 3D object and print out a plastic replica of the object in a matter of minutes. Imagine furthermore that all of the specifications for the machine are completely open source, completely shareable and modifiable by anyone in the world, and that there is a worldwide community of volunteers working feverishly to support you and anyone else to troubleshoot and improve the machine.
The only limits seem to be your imagination and the physical limitations of the material, currently plastic, that is used to manufacture your object. Repraps have been used to make coat hooks, water-filter inserts, sandals, door handles, fly swatters, martini glasses, and countless other objects.
Originally posted by detachedindividual
It's interesting, and a start, but I see this more as a gadget than anything with truly remarkable practical applications for the home.
I honestly can't think of why I would want one of these or what I'd use it for, other than the creation of sculpture.
Originally posted by Avarus
Oh man, this is nothing compared to this video: www.jaylenosgarage.com...
Imagine, in the future, how different society would be if you could purchase the "Blueprints" for an object, like an apple ipod, and print one whenever you want. Everyone could have anything they wanted as long as they possessed the raw materials to feed to the machine.
[edit on 4.17.2009 by Avarus]