Re: [rp-ml] New machines could turn homes into small factories

From: SiderWhite (
Date: Thu Mar 24 2005 - 06:44:09 EET

More thoughts...
The idea may be more feasible for manufacturing disposable products with less dimensional accuracy. Wal-Mart could sell the raw materials for this "universal" machine.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Terry Wohlers
  To: RP-ML
  Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 7:53 AM
  Subject: Re: [rp-ml] New machines could turn homes into small factories

  I agree with Sheba and Ian. I heard about the "self-replicating machine" last week and wrote about it at

  Best regards,


  Terry Wohlers
  Wohlers Associates, Inc.
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  Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 USA
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Ian Gibson
    To: Rp-Ml (E-mail)
    Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 11:20 PM
    Subject: Re: [rp-ml] New machines could turn homes into small factories



    I am more than a bit concerned about this article. After closer examination
    I find that this is nothing more than a final year undergraduate project. I
    wish Dr. Bowyer all the best in his research but would prefer to see
    something a little more substantial before viewing an article like this.


    At 13:20 23/3/2005, Bathsheba Grossman wrote:
>On Tue, 22 Mar 2005, SiderWhite wrote:
> > Thought everybody on the rp-ml would be interested in this. What
> > does everybody think, how well will a self-replicating machine work?
>I'm not buying stock yet. Nobody has ever built a self-replicating
>machine out of anything, let alone one made purely out of an RP
>Anyway, isn't there a precision problem? If machine A can make parts
>to tolerance .00x", and you build machine B out of parts made by A,
>it's hard to see how the parts B makes can be better than 2 * .00x".
>By the time you get to F, is it worth the trouble?
>Bathsheba Grossman (831)429-8224
>Sculpting geometry

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