The 3-D printer that can print a 3-D printer.
This is Dr. Adrian Bowyer, who alongside his team of engineers at the University of Bath in England, is working on a project called the RepRap; an open source 3-D printer – a self-replicating machine that will one day be able to print out all of its own parts.
It has been hailed as â€œthe invention that will bring down global capitalism, start a second industrial revolution and save the environment.â€ Well, maybe. I interviewed Bowyer for the book, and his thoughts on the future of capitalism and society after 3-D printers become widespread are profound. He wonders if the RepRap has the potential to â€œmake a dent in the entire concept of money.â€
Perhaps even scarier than the concept of this machine is the recent announcement from RepRap that they will achieve self-replication sometime this year.