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24 August 2008

Fab lab

Invention kits let you build (almost) anything

From MSNBC by way of Forbes

Now if he could harden it agaisnt radiation and seal it againt moon dust, we'd have something there.

The kits can include a laser cutter, computer-controlled wood router and a miniature mill for drilling circuit boards, all for around $50,000, including open-source software, batteries and micro-controllers.

Take a tele-operated mining colony on an asteroid or the Moon and put a Fab Lab up there with it, and you won't need to come to Earth for spares, just raw materials.

This could end up changing alot of things.