Skip to main content
×
×
Home

RepRap – the replicating rapid prototyper

  • Rhys Jones (a1), Patrick Haufe (a2), Edward Sells (a3), Pejman Iravani (a1), Vik Olliver (a4), Chris Palmer (a5) and Adrian Bowyer (a1)...
Summary

This paper presents the results to date of the RepRap project – an ongoing project that has made and distributed freely a replicating rapid prototyper. We give the background reasoning that led to the invention of the machine, the selection of the processes that we and others have used to implement it, the designs of key parts of the machine and how these have evolved from their initial concepts and experiments, and estimates of the machine's reproductive success out in the world up to the time of writing (about 4500 machines in two and a half years).

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      RepRap – the replicating rapid prototyper
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      RepRap – the replicating rapid prototyper
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      RepRap – the replicating rapid prototyper
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
Corresponding author
*Corresponding author. E-mail: A.Bowyer@bath.ac.uk
References
Hide All
1.Shannon, C. E., “A mathematical Theory of Communication,” The Bell Syst. Tech. J. 27, 379423, 623–656 (Jul.–Oct. 1948). (http://tinyurl.com/f4two)
2.Freitas, R. A. and Merkle, R. C., Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, Texas, 2004). (http://www.molecularassembler.com/KSRM.htm)
3.Von Neumann, J., Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata (University of Illinois Press, Illinois, 1996).
4.Cairns-Smith, A. G., The Life Puzzle (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario, 1971).
5.Dyson, F. J., “The world, the flesh, and the devil. Self-reproducing machinery,” In: The Third J. D. Bernal Lecture, Birkbeck College, London (May 16, 1972).
6.Penrose, L. S., “Mechanics of self-reproduction,” Ann. Hum. Genetics 23, 5972 (1958). (http://vx.netlux.org/lib/mlp01.html)
7.Moses, M., A Physical Prototype of a Self-Replicating Universal Constructor Masters Thesis (Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico: University of New Mexico, 2002). (http://home.earthlink.net/mmoses152/SelfRep.doc)
8.Suthakorn, J., Cushing, A. B. and Chirikjian, G. S., “An Autonomous Self-Replicating Robotic System,” Proceedings of the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2003), Kobe, Japan (December 2003). (http://tinyurl.com/ylfgr9b)
9.Zykov, V.Mytilinaios, E., Adams, B. and Lipson, H., “Self-reproducing machines,” Nature, 435, 163 (2005). (http://tinyurl.com/ygozg37)
10.Freitas, R. A. and Gilbreath, W. P., “Advanced Automation for Space Missions,” Proceedings of the NASA Conference Publication CP-2255 (N83-15348), Summer 1980 (1982). (http://www.islandone.org/MMSG/aasm/ accessed 22 November 2010)
11.Butler, S., Erewhon, (1872). (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1906)
12.Stallman, R. et al. The GNU General Public License (Free Software Foundation, Inc., Boston, MA, 1991). (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)
13.Crump, S. S., 1989. US Patent 5121329: Apparatus and Method for Creating Three-Dimensional Objects (Stratasys Inc., Eden Prairie, MN, 1989) (http://tinyurl.com/ybtrkft)
14.Sells, E. A., Towards a Self-Manufacturing Rapid Prototyping Machine Ph.D. thesis (Bath, UK: University of Bath, 2009). (http://tinyurl.com/ygjgva7)
15.Malone, E. and Lipson, H., “The Factory in your Kitchen,” Proceedings of the MCPC 2007 World Conference on Mass Customization & Personalization, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA (October 7–10, 2007).
16.Tang, K. and Woo, T. C., “Algorithmic aspects of alternating sum of volumes. Part 1: Data structure and difference operation,” Comp. Aided Des. 23 (5): 357366 (1991). (http://tinyurl.com/yg4wucm)
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Robotica
  • ISSN: 0263-5747
  • EISSN: 1469-8668
  • URL: /core/journals/robotica
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Keywords

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 2
Total number of PDF views: 577 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 3240 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 22nd July 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.