The machine that copies itself

Self-linkage: From today’s Technology Guardian, my interview with Dr Adrian Bowyer of the University of Bath and inventor of the RepRap machine.

“Technically, the RepRap is a form of rapid prototyper, the kind used by designers and engineers to streamline everything from aircraft to hairdryers, but it’s easier to think of it as a printer of three-dimensional objects. Essentially, the RepRap works like the desktop printer you might have at home, but instead of printing on paper, the RepRap makes hard copy in three dimensions out of plastic from models designed on a computer.”