The RepRap 3D printer that can reproduce itself, as well as useful 3D plastic objects!
What is the RepRap Project? It’s about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. The benefits come from the useful, everyday items that the Reprap can make besides its own parts.
Check out this video from the founder of the Reprap Project, be advised it‘s kinda long.- (www.youtube.com/watch... )
How does the Reprap machine work? It’s a 3D printer, that is to say a computer controlled machine that can draw a highly intricate pattern and move up a fraction of a millimeter and draw another pattern. In this case instead of dispensing ink onto the paper, it uses a plastic extruder (think hot glue gun) into a flat surface until a very detailed 3D object is created. It is a critical machine in any manufacturing factory, or research and development lab.
Here is an excellent video from the Reprap founders showing how the Mendel Reprap works, worth the watch!-(www.youtube.com/watch...) What is the point? The Reprap Project (www.reprap.org) envisions that 3D printing will be found in every home in the future. And will change the way goods are made. Instead of running to the shop every time you need a little trinket for one thing or another, you could likely make it at home and for less cost. For most homes, this is still a dream but with the help of the developer community the printer is constantly undergoing an evolution and learning how to print faster more precisely and with new materials. One day the machine will be able to print 100% of all its parts.
How does this Kickstarter project fall in with the Reprap Project? Well, anyone that has a Reprap can make the parts for another. Right now only a few dozen people around the world are currently participating in the project the way it was intended. I seek to help the Reprap project by building my Reprap quickly and begin printing more parts for others to build their own machine.
The parts I print will be sold or bartered for LITTLE TO NO PROFIT. Why would I do that? Because of the symbiotic relationship between the builder and machine allows me to gain from the OTHER objects it prints. The useful household items I use everyday. That is how the project is supposed to work, not by making money on the Reprap’s parts.
The goal of this project is to flood the market with affordable, high quality Reprap parts forcing other sellers to compete in the free market and keep the Reprap Project affordable for everyone.
The Funds Will be used to build a RepRap 3D printer and make the technology available to everyone in the community. As well as allowing inventors, artists and students to have a 3D printer available to help them in fulfilling their project needs.
(On 1/31/11 I’ve updated the perks and spilt each tier into “Helper” for those that like the project and just want to help out a bit, and “Builder” for those brave souls that are ready to build their own Reprap.)
I've listed examples of the objects the Reprap can print below. If you find something else you like on www.thingiverse.com let me know and we will discuss adding it as a reward. However, I'd prefer to make something that has been shown to print well before.
All rewards will be fulfilled as quickly as possible. Considering the huge technical curve of this project it may take some time to print quality parts. Small Owl headphone wrapper- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5595 Access card holder- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5572 Carabineer- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5689 Triangle Pendant- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5663 2D Spring Generator- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5713 Bag clip- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5615 Reuleaux Triangle- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5456 Pill box insert for Altoids tins- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5422 Mustache Ring- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5123 Rubber-Band Bow and Arrow- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4691 Companion Cube- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1622 Medium 3D Knot- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5506 Vica Illusion Sculpture- http://www.thingiverse.com/derivative:5915 Ceiling Cat!- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5522 Iphone 4 case- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5473 Actually working wearable glasses- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5544 Air gap leak preventer- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5446 Wall outlet cell phone holder- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5379 Do-Nothing Machine- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5103 Matchbox Puzzle Box- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4935 A-Mazing Box- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1481 Whistle- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1046 Printable Geneva Wheel- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1642 Large Four Pack bottle carrier- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5400 OUTER Twisted Triangle- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4989 Poker Chips(Full Set)- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4698 Snap-together polyhedron vertices- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4893 Gothic Cathedral Play Set- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2030
Check out some of the things you can print. (Images from Thingiverse.com and it's blog)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.