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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RepRap - The Future of Manufacturing

"Think of RepRap as a China on your desktop."-
Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager, Google Inc., 8 April 2008.

The RepRap Project is an initiative aimed at creating a largely self-replicating machine which can be used for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. A rapid prototyper is a 3D printer that is able to fabricate three dimensional artifacts from a computer-based model.

Project authors describe 'self-replication', understood as the ability to reproduce the components necessary to build another version of itself, as one of the goals for the project. It is self-replication that distinguishes the RepRap Project from the similar Fab@Home project.

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