Adrian Bowyer, creator of RepRap, Bath University:
“RepRap is a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap can print those parts, RepRap is a self-replicating machine – one that anyone can build given time and materials. It also means that – if you’ve got a RepRap – you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend…
RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. We are using 3D printing to do this, but if you have other technologies that can copy themselves and that can be made freely available to all, then this is the place for you too.
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RepRap was the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and the RepRap Project started the open-source 3D printer revolution. It is described in the video below”
Above: The original Mendel RepRap machine
Above: Adrian Bowyer showing a RepRap Mandel machine assembled with printed elements from another RepRap !
Fast Company has published an article on printing food which talks about the Cornell Machines Lab‘s work and more specifically Jeffrey Lipton‘s group. The latter looks at how Solid Free Form Technology (SFF) will “fundamentally change the ways we produce and experience food”. They have published a paper called “Hydrocolloid Printing: A Novel Platform for Customized Food Production” explaining the main advantages of this technique which are mainly artistic, allowing experimental Chefs to create new dishes which could not have been done before. Laypeople could print these new creations from home too.
CNN Money‘s website shows one of these machines used by the French Culinary Institute.
The Printing Food Project is part of larger group, the Fab@Home which aims to make 3D printers and other new fabrication technology affordable to everyone.
The Printer with two different eatable ink
A printer in action as shown on the CNN video at the French Culinary Institute
Rinus Roelofs, a sculptor from Holland has printed a sculpture in stone with a giant 3D printer !
More information on his website.
If you would like to print your prototype full scale use the Italian company called Dinitech.