Star Trek here we come...

her209

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The "self replicating rapid prototyper" or RepRap could vastly reduce the cost of 3D printers, paving the way for a future where broken objects and spare parts are simply "re-printed" at home. New and unique objects could also be created.
How does a broken printer reprint itself or its broken parts?
 

Praetor

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Oct 14, 1999
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Better still, the machines could evolve to be more efficient and develop new capabilities, says Bowyer. Once he has the software to guide the self-replicating process, he plans to make it freely available online, allowing users to contribute improvements, just like the open-source Linux computer operating system, he says.

That's the part that scares me. First Google and now this. (google taking over the world with the help of self-replicating printers?) :p