Emmanuel Gilloz, a self-described “designer-geek-idealist” has invented the FoldaRap, a foldable version of the open-source RepRap 3D printer. While it’s more of a fold flat 3D printer, as it requires assembly rather than simply unfurling like an ironing board, it’s an impressive and creative direction for 3D printers to take. It’s not difficult to image being able to carry one of these with some raw plastic to a developing country or impoverished area, hooking it up to a generator, and printing out whatever’s needed locally.



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