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A Self-replicating Factory?
3/19/05, 5:18pm
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Can you imagine this??

A Self-replicating Factory in Every Home
Plan aims to drop cost of industrial prototype machines to same level as computer printers
Betterhumans Staff
3/18/2005 3:19 PM

If a UK professor is successful, homes of the future will have fridge-sized factories that can crank out everything from cups to digital cameras.

The household factories are based on rapid prototype machines used now to produce plastic components such as vehicle parts from computer designs.

Such machines cost tens of thousands of dollars, making them prohibitively expensive for most families.

But Adrian Bowyer of the University of Bath has come up with an idea for dropping their price: put them to work making copies of themselves.

The copies can then produce more copies until the machines are cheap enough for home use, reminiscent of the Universal Constructor proposed by mathematician John von Neumann in the 1950s.

Making copies

Bowyer is working to create the 3D models needed for rapid prototype machines to make copies of themselves.

He plans to put the models on a Website so that people who own existing machines can download the models and start making copies.

The copies could be sold to other people who in turn can make more copies.

As the self-replication continues, the price should fall to a few hundred pounds.

"People have been talking for years about the cost of these machines dropping to be about the same as a computer printer," says Bowyer. "But it hasn't happened. Maybe my idea will allow this to occur."

Some assembly required

The machines currently cannot produce glass items, complex parts such as microchips or items such as toasters that will experience intense heat.

However, they can produce most of the parts for such things as digital cameras, and other parts can be bought separately and added later.

Machine owners would only need to supply the machines with plastic and low-temperature alloys, which are relatively cheap, and then perform any assembly required.

Bowyer aims to publish the 3D designs and computer code for self-replication over the next four years, and doesn't intend to take out a patent or charge for the design.

"The most interesting part of this is that we're going to give it away," he says. "At the moment an industrial company consists of hundreds of people building and making things. If these machines take off, it will give individual people the chance to do this themselves, and we are talking about making a lot of our consumer goods—the effect this has on industry and society could be dramatic."

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Re: A Self-replicating Factory?
3/21/05, 11:35am
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Very interesting. I would rather see a body part "maker"

You mention this machine would be fridge size. My last trip to the UK was amazing to me that no matter ones' status the major appliances were "doll" size. The fridge was the size of a bar type. Small and quaint. Everthing seemed downsized. So this machine wouldn't be big enough to make the things needed. Hummm Maybe things have changed, as they tend to.

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Re: A Self-replicating Factory?
3/21/05, 12:41pm
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Cool! I want a replicator!

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Re: A Self-replicating Factory?
3/22/05, 10:26am
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Do you mean of Dylan? Well, you can do it...

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Re: A Self-replicating Factory?
3/24/05, 6:53am (Last Edited: 3/24/05, 6:57am)
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Things have changed, or perhaps, (more likely), perceptions were wrong.

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