The 3D printer was first designed for rapid prototyping in the commercial arena. With the advances in technology, and the significant drop in price, this technology is now available to enthusiasts and hobbyists. The RepRap project is an open source 3D Printer, designed for at home use. A RepRap 3D printer heats ABS or PLA plastics and extrudes it in thin layers to build the final product.
Discussion will include the benefits of 3D printing, and of using the RepRap project for 3D printing, the pitfalls, problems, and limits of 3D printing, and finally, the future of 3D printing and the RepRap project.