Maker Erik de Bruijn has already persuaded his RepRap 3D printer to produce parts for a "child" printer, as have others using the RepRap design. That's one of the main objectives for the RepRap project: a self-replicating machine. This was first accomplished in mid-2008, as we reported then.
On Friday Erik announced on Twitter the next brave step:
It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE! My second #RepRap child! My first RepRap grandchild!
We're not sure if this is in fact the *very* first RepRap grandchild, but it's quite an accomplishment, nevertheless. Erik continues:
It's name is Leo. His father's name is Charles, both from the Darwin family. #RepRap It will be demonstrated at #FOSDEM
FOSDEM is the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, taking place today and tomorrow.