The Replikon Plus Universal Self-Reproducing Machine Tool

The Replikon Plus Universal Self-Reproducing Machine Tool (Abandonded)

Additions, modifications, and extensions to the Iron Wood IW-1010 made in China can result in a fully self-reproducing machine tool. The process is analgous to cross-compling foreign source code, some of which may have been decompiled, and linking to needed libraries to resolve all external references, producing native object code for execution by a cloud of processors (for execution by a polycyborg of skilled laborers connected internet). In 2016, an Inspector demanded the machine's removal. The project was therefore abandonded.

    • Addition of a sheet goods bending brake to the extension saw table. (completed)

    • Addition of at least 5 saw blades: abrasive for steel, abrasive for stone and ceramic, carbide toothed for wood and plastic, carbide toothed for metal, and steel for plywood, cardboard, and thin sheet. (completed)

    • Addition of cast iron bushings threaded M8x1.25 to ends of saw table and lathe tool rest lift posts. (completed)

    • Modification of intermediate shaft; the end near the carriage now accepts M6x1.0 threaded accessories. (completed)

    • Modification of old-series saw table by addition of two M8 countersunk holes to attach to posts. (completed)

    • Addition of an M6x1.0 socket head cap screw to the end of the intermediate shaft(completed; removable).

    • Modification of the accessory 6 inch lathe chuck: a deep groove now marks jaw position one (an arbitrary choice); 36 engraved lines around the circumference index the chuck; a vernier indexes 1 degree increments. (completed)

    • Modification of a copy of a collet indexer indexing plate to fit the main spindle for indexing 36 holes. (substitue a vernier plate)

    • Addition of an M5 double-ball-end telescoping hex shaft to drive accessories whenever spindle rotates.

    • Addition of gravel and sand fill to bedway tubes to damp vibrations. (no progress)

    • Finishing and polishing new bedway tubes to reduce ongoing wear of carriage and headstock. (tubes provided)

    • Addition of a centerless grinding attachment to achieve materials/manufacturing closure by grinding a set of way tubes from steel pipe, so they can be finished by cutting the needed rack teeth for the carriage traverse. (no progress)