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RepRap is a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap can print those parts, RepRap is a self-replicating machine - one that anyone can build given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend... RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. We are using 3D printing to do this, but if you have other technologies that can copy themselves and that can be made freely available to all, then this is the place for you too.
Originally posted by Pr0t0
reply to post by hawkiye
3d printers can produce moving parts without the need for assembly. This allows you, with the right type of resin, to print tools and mechanical projects that actually work.
For an idea of just how profitable this technology will become, take a look at the funding pledged for this small home 3D Printer. www.kickstarter.com... Guy want's $25k funding for development. Pledged nearly a million. Home production of usable tools and utensils, toys and games and more is not good for manufacturing - but it's Open Source times we live in, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Businesses too big to fail? The free market died. Get a 3d printer and bury the coffin.
Having said that, in the open source community you'll find a large number of developers and beta testers who implement and test the code fully and relay their feedback for revisions, fixes and version changes, and several projects over at GitHub, SourceForge etc are of a quality equal to or better than proprietary competitor software. With a similar level of support, for the well supported projects. Why do you feel this type of community wouldn't spring up in the 3D modelling arena? It's actually a lot less work because there is no OS or framework to have to compensate for - you're simply refining the print model.
Originally posted by sparrowstail
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edit on 28-1-2012 by sparrowstail because: (no reason given)