In a five-day long hands-on workshop, we began building a 3D printer, based on the open source RepRap specifications, adapted to suit the needs of the participants. The week will consist of putting together a complex puzzle of several thousand components, calibrating the hardware and the software, and towards the end of the week hopefully experimenting with printing with different materials – from plastics, to sugar, to whatever else we can lay our hands on.
“The self-copying 3D printer will be something cheap enough for individuals to own and be something they can copy for their friends. When everyone can print almost any device or machine the same will happen to the idea of patents as has happened to music copyright.”
–Adrian Bowyer, http://www.reprap.org/