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Adrian Bowyer

Founder of the RepRap Project

The former Bath University academic, mathematician and author was the instigator of the Replicating Rapid Prototyper project — better known as RepRap — which was the driving force behind the rapid spread of 3D printing from the industrial to consumer audiences. RepRap kicked off a movement that threw 3D printing into the popular consciousness like no other. Without RepRap, it’s unlikely we would have had the mass media coverage that inspired boards globally to explore new manufacturing technologies (and listen to their engineers!)