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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 6:36 p.m. PST

…that it's probably possible to 3D print Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine!

It would have to be done in lots and lots of segments for later assembly, and would probably take next to forever (and use up a fortune's worth of printing plastic), but on first glance I think it's doable. Print it out, assemble it, hook it to an engine, and find someone obsessed enough to program the thing…

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Maybe with the proper sort of interface, it could be connected to a 3D printer…

Ron

Black Cavalier18 Mar 2017 10:17 p.m. PST

In case you didn't know, 2 working models have been built

computerhistory.org/babbage

JSchutt19 Mar 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

After graduating from college a million years ago I had been quite successful in avoiding the term "polynomial" …until now. Who would have thought it would have ambushed me in this place.,,

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

"2 working models have been built."

Those are of the Difference Engines, his original calculating machines,
The Analytical Engine, the full fledged "original" computer, has never been built. (And would be immense.)

JSchutt19 Mar 2017 5:01 p.m. PST

…..so what…build the darn thing already…a certain relation of mine with a calculator would be immense too….

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