Software engineer by day, Lego maniac by night Will Gorman has created the MakerLegoBot, a machine that can take a virtual 3-D model and assemble it using Lego bricks.
The machine is itself built entirely out of the Lego system, which raises the possibility -- theoretically at least -- that the machine could, with some modifications, build a copy of itself. The 3-D assembler uses three Lego Mindstorms NXT Bricks, along with 9 NXT motors.
"There is a recursiveness to this whole thing," says Gorman.
"I love the idea of self-assembly and the Star Trek replicator and I love Legos," he says. "I wanted to bring those two worlds together.
Listen Will, I love Stark Trek and LEGO too, but you know what I love even more? Not dying at the hands of self-replicating robots. Is that too much to ask for? It is?! Well how about some spare change? Daddy's got a whiskey tooth that needs a Jack filling.
Hit the jump for a couple more pictures and a video of the plastic replicator in action.
Thanks to BellaCroix and JtotheT, who agree the only good self-replicating robot is a dead one that's been salvaged for parts and repurposed as playground equipment.