The article informs that researcher Adrian Bowyer has developed a self-replicating, low-cost rapid prototyping system at the University of Bath, England, that he plans to distribute under an open source model. He has developed the "RepRap" to make items out of plastic at the desktop from a design on a personal computer. Bowyer said about the technology that it is the junction of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science.
The article presents information on the development of a desktop rapid prototyping system by researcher Adrian Bowyer at the University of Bath, England. Bowyer said that it is a potentially powerful technology. He further said that open source licensing is a vital element in distributing this technology and the machine is itself open source so people can improve the design.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, PROTOTYPES, CONCURRENT engineering, and ELECTRIC conductors
The article offers information on the project called RepRap—the Replicating Rapid Prototype Project. This project is being conducted at the Innovative Design and Research Centre of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath in England. This research established a new technique that permits electrical conductors to be incorporated in RP components made on conventional RP machines. These self-replicating machines are called by John Von Neumann as Universal Constructors.
Professional Engineering. 3/23/2005, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p5-5. 2/3p.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, and HOUSEHOLD appliances
This article reports that researchers at Bath University are working on a revolutionary machine that would have the ability to make copies of itself. Based on rapid-prototyping principles, the equipment would make everyday household items such as cups and plates. But it would also be capable of self-replicating, eventually becoming cheap enough for people to buy and use in their homes. The method they use, with plastic laid down in designs produced in 3D on computers, could be adapted to make many household items.