A 3D printer has been prototyped which can create real copies of its own component parts, a self-replicating machine. The people behind it have kept costs down to less than a thousand bucks and are developing it under a GNU public license. They say you will be able to get the machine to copy itself and then give away the copies for free.

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Created by bigpinkpig 9 years 52 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 51 weeks ago
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9 years 51 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago


Can't be serious!

Nice story, might even be true.

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9 years 51 weeks 7 hours 58 min ago


Sure you CAN give copies away, but they'll cost you $500-1000

Sure, you have the option of giving away a copy of the device, but from what i've read it costs $500-1000 in materials, which means you're not giving anything away "for free" because you have a significant per-unit cost.