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Discussion: State of RepRap as a Self Replicating Device

Devin O'Donnell: 12/12/14

I am wondering about RepRap's ability to approach complete self-replication. I am not expecting it to ever reach 100% since electronic parts of course can't be made by a RepRap yet. The thing is that considering the ideal of a machine the can replicate itself, making your own RepRap still can easily cost you close to $ 1000. Are efforts being made to increase the number of parts that a RepRap can print? Are people searching out ways to use household items or other inexpensive supplies to substitute for parts that normally have to be ordered? I think that this should be a very central focus of the RepRap community, given that it seems geared towards improving accessibility to 3-D printers.