3D printers look set to be the future of printing, which is definitely a step that can be said to be similar in nature to the leap from black and white printing to color prints. The RepRap is a 3D printer which is said to be able to print out its very own parts – helping you repair your printer without having to head down to the nearest service center. You would definitely need to have your fair share of DIY skills, however, as I am quite sure that taking apart a printer and putting it back together again is nowhere as fun or as easy as playing with some LEGO bricks.
Ken, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, has the idea of using an open source 3D printer known as the RepRap (Replicating Rapid Prototyper). The RepRap will be able to print its own parts, which translates to a 3D printer making more 3D printers. Obviously, the design of such a printer should be relatively easy to build, but as mentioned earlier, it should not be a walk in the park, either. Do you think such an idea will catch on eventually?