April 30th, 2005

Hod Lipson writes about Fabbers,machines that rapidly create useful items on demand from computer-generated design specifications.His lab the,
“…Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory has taken the first steps toward what they hope will be a significant milestone: the creation of a fabricating system that can produce small, simple robots incorporating a battery, actuators, and sensors. Our goal is to one day see little automatons wriggle, completely finished, out of our apparatus, their electronic and mechanical subsystems having been created in one seamless process—batteries included..”

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