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Inventor to talk about 3D printer

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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A machine which could revolutionise design and production of a multitude of objects is coming to Radstock Museum for one night only.

The RepRap, a peplicating rapid-prototyper, is a 3D printer invented by Dr Adrian Bowyer, who was an academic at the University of Bath for 35 years.

He will be bringing it to the museum on Tuesday, November 20, for a talk in the Science in Radstock series and will be giving a demonstration of his invention.

The talk starts at 7.30pm and entry costs £3.

Dr Bowyer said: "Instead of printing on bits of paper, this 3D printer makes real, robust, mechanical parts – think Lego bricks and you're in the right area. You could make lots of useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make the parts to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy itself."

Dr Bowyer said the printer reproduces parts by building up layers of plastic. This, he says, is not a new technology, but earlier machines would cost about £15,000, and this one, he says, will be much cheaper.

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