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quote 2013-06-20 10:19
The idea of machines making machines is a recurring theme in both science fiction stories and serious academic studies. There are probably two reasons for this fascination: One is a practical view of scalability. Creating a machine that can create more machines leverages technology to it's maximum capacity:With no humans in the loop, production is limited only by availability of material, power, and time. The second reason for fascination with this topic may be rooted in a deeper psychological need - one that some might call hubris - our need to create. The natural distinguishes itself from the artificial in that natural creatures can make more creatures but machines cannot. At its core, self-reproduction is the ultimate hallmark of biology. If you can create a machine that can make other machines, you will have attained a new level of creation.
Fabricated: 3D Print Everything from Body Parts to Bicycles... to Dinner - Hod Lipson,Melba Kurman

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing p. 280

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quote 2013-06-20 09:40
It's in the nature of patents that they give a monopoly to whoever holds them for 20 years. James Watt patented various vital aspects of the steam engine. Yet, you look at steam engine development and nothing happened for 20 years during the life of the Watt's patent. When that patent lapsed, there was a great flaring of steam engine innovation and then the industrial evolution. ~ Adrian Bowyer (RapRap)
Fabricated: 3D Print Everything from Body Parts to Bicycles... to Dinner - Hod Lipson,Melba Kurman

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, p. 231

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text 2013-06-06 13:38
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution - Chris Anderson

Great book about forthcoming industrial revolution. Chris Anderson described historical aspects of it and added much more about current Makers movement including adventures with his family. If you would like to know more about fast changing China (very small batches of products can be delivered to almost any adress even private persons) and creating successful internet startup you should definitely read it! The lack of 5th star is caused only because I thought it would contain more links to websites concerning personal fabrication (3d printing).

If you want to know more about it check following websites:


In my humble opinion four the most interesting videos concerning 3d printing:

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