RepRap: Self-Replicating Rapid Prototyping
A self-replicating, rapid prototyping machine developed at the University of Bath in England could transform the nature of manufacturing. People could produce everyday household objects in their own homes and put them together.
Self-Replicating Modular Robots
Cornell scientists have been working on machines that replicate themselves. Their strategy is to use small modules that attach to each other with electromagnets.
Lower Limit For Nanobot Size Discovered
Scientists and science fiction writers must accept new limits to imagination, thanks to a remarkable first-ever measurement.
Desktop Nanofactory Video
Excellent visualization of how it might work; not really news, but worth watching.
Claytronics: Robot Swarm-Based 3D Shape-Shifting Objects
This is pretty much a blue-sky project, but I did like the video; any help remembering the sf reference would be appreciated.
Autofac - Real-Life Nanoscale Assembly Line
Remarkable experiment demonstrates that a nanoscale assembly line can actually work.
Cubelets - Buy A Robot Swarm For $300
UPDATED with Terrahawks! Now here's a great toy from the future - and you can buy it in time for the holidays!
3D Nano Molecular Structures Can Be Built On A Surface
Working nanotechnology gets a bit closer with this first time development.
Micro-Robots Self-Assemble From Tiny Particles
'The bits were in motion.' Philip K. Dick
Self-Building, Self-Tooling, Autonomous Manufacturing
'The machinery was building a miniature replica of the demolished factory.'- Philip K. Dick, 1953.
Self-Assembling Nanoparticles Move Like Tiny Gears
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants, smaller than pins, working energetically...'- Philip K. Dick, 1955.
Small Molecule Walker Takes First Steps
'The bits were in motion.'-- Philip K. Dick, 1955.
A 'Genuine Nanorobotic Production Factory'
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants, smaller than pins, working energetically, purposefully - constructing something...' - Philip K Dick, 1955.
Embark Autonomous Trucks Still Need Humans
'...it resembled conventional human-operated transportation vehicles, but with one exception -- there was no driver's cabin.' - Philip K. Dick, 1955.
SRI MicroFactory Of Microrobots Recalls Dick's Autofac
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants... constructing something...' - Philip K. Dick, 1955.
DIY Autonomous Robot Detects Trash
'The search-bug detached itself and rolled forward.' - Philip K. Dick