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In the works other robotic creations [3], but also gives an insight into what tools and techniques are required for taking on such projects, from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. He laments that, whilst there are several free to use CAD programs, there are no viable FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) options, particularly web-based ones, and this is something he would like to tackle. “The

biggest problem in my book is modeling software and that is followed by the availability of tools. If I can provide FOSS web enabled modeling software that can plug into my parts catalog and go with the distributed manufacturing then I remove both of those hurdles to collaborative OSHW.” All of these ideas are certainly ambitious, touching on the many facets of modern digital manufacturing, and the viability of such a far-reaching project is open to debate, as Nicholas himself says, “who knows what will happen. These could all be pipe dreams.”. But the fact that such projects can be considered, promoted, discussed, and championed within the maker community hints at the exceptional opportunities available to us.

[0] http://forums.reprap.org/read. php?178,206458,page=1 [1] http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=N7XVxtgHHhY [2] http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=2kXdsU2bBp0 [3] http://youtu.be/vnXVperYk3o http:// youtu.be/0NXDAEupfOA

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RepRap Magazine Issue 3  

The third issue of RepRap Magazine. Interview with Nicholas Seward, Paste Extrusion, Hot-Ends, and much more.

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