“A 3D printer that could re-create itself”

Making self-replicating 3D printers from materials that can be found on the moon

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Thu, Jun 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Currently in development at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, engineers want to create a 3D printer capable of replicating itself using materials found on the moon. The idea is to ship a single 3D printer to the moon, where it would clone itself. When it reaches a certain number, they would start building all the other equipment needed for humans to arrive.

Ellery said he and his colleagues are close to being able to 3D-print a fully functioning electric motor from material similar to what can be sourced on the moon. Although some commercially available 3D printers can reprint some of their own parts, none of those printers can produce motors and electronics, according to Ellery.

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