Ecophage: A 3D Printer that Prints 3D Printers

If you thought only animals could be cloned and replicated and that science cannot still clone devices, think again.



Researchers in Germany have devised a way to replicate 3D printers with the help of a 3D printer. The self replicating 3D printer is also environmentally friendly, and uses sustainable products and recreates them as 3D printers. When the researchers discovered the self replicating 3D printer, they ended up filling their lab with several smaller 3D printers which continued to replicate further. The device has been called Ecophage and it comes with a jazzy sounding built-in material re-processor.

The material re-processor can convert all carbon-based substances into filaments so that it can be used for 3D printing. Dr Drexler von Neumann at the Doppelbock University was responsible for this ground-breaking technology and I am sure very soon we will not require conveyor belts and large scale factories any more. The Ecophage meanwhile is very green and is powered by chemical energy produced by organic materials.

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The material re-processor can use plastic, wood and other materials which are broken into molecular filaments in order to create new machines. The project apparently has been a runaway success. The only problem at the moment is that it does not come with a switch to turn off the cloning or replicating process. I am sure very soon manufacturers would like to grab this technology so that they can avoid expensive factories and industrial units.

You could also go ahead and take a look at the DNA Model Art Projects that we had featured earlier. A Japanese company also tried its hand at Creepy Cloning. I think this technology has a lot of future in it and can be used for a number of useful purposes. It is of particular interest to manufacturers of products and devices as it can save material and costs.