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.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, COMPUTER software development, CONCURRENT engineering, RAPID prototyping, and DIGITAL printing
The article features the Metropolitan Works Digital Manufacturing Centre in London, England. Its aim is to provide its practitioners with the accessibility on new technology and software improvements. It uses facilities which are involved in rapid prototyping, laser cutting, 3D scanning, computer numerically controlled routing and digital printing.