The genius of the Lego Printer: video

Mike Jennings
2 Jun 2010

Let's be clear on one thing: Lego is brilliant. The block-based toy started life in Denmark and, since its current design was patented in January 1958, over 400 billion of the little plastic bricks have been produced.

We assumed that this simple toy would never go hand-in-hand with computers, but we've been proved wrong by a particularly inventive member of the B3ta forums. While the site is normally full of offensive pictures and jokes that Frankie Boyle wouldn't tell, this show of ingenuity is guaranteed to put a smile on your face: by combining the diminutive plastic bricks with a Mac and a felt-tip pen, he's built a fully-functioning Lego printer:

I hope you'll agree that it's work of genius. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a date with a boxful of knobbly plastic bricks. That Lego server won't build itself.

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