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The internet has changed how the world communicates. The RepRap printer designed by Adrian Bowyer of Bath University in England has the potential to change the distribution of manufacturing and the supply chain. RepRap is a 3D printer that should able to ‘print’ a copy of itself by melting plastic and building it up into solid 3D objects which solidify when they cool.
All the software for the RepRap is licensed under GNU, this means the designs for the RepRap machine are distributed free and include the designs for the printer so you can “print” a new RepRap printer for a friend for free!