3D Printing for Everyone - Making the RepRap Easier to Build!
What is a RepRap
The video explains what it is really well! (Explanation at 1:25 min) Essentially, a 3D printer takes plastic, heats it up, and pushes that plastic through a nozzle and the machine prints computer generated patterns. It will keep doing this in layers until the 3D model is printed!
What are we doing?
We want to build a RepRap. We need to buy parts, and put them together, and there's a cost to that. Our main goal is to put it together. During that time we'll be documenting every step in a blog so that ANYONE can build a RepRap of their own.
Why are we doing this?
We want to make the process of building a RepRap less intimidating for people with beginning technical knowledge. Yes, we know it's an open source project, and there are tons of information available, but sometimes there's too much of it, so it's difficult to know where to start.
We want to make a blog, documenting our RepRap building journey from beginning to end. We will be recording our successes, and even more importantly our pitfalls so that other RepRap makers can avoid the same errors. We want to build a community that will help make it simpler.
RV (The business major) will simplify the steps, and Miguel (The Engineer) will make sure it stays true to the technical process.
We want to make our own designs, and create functional objects, but we also want to experiment with accessory designs, like rings, bracelets, ukulele hooks etc.
We will also be working on a thesis for our senior projects so this endeavor must be successful!
Where You Come in and What You Get In Return
We need the funding to buy the necessary RepRap parts so we can put it together!
This reward process is not only important to you, but also very important to us. We need our donors to keep us accountable so we deliver what we promise. We will stay motivated and do as we say. We need an opportunity to prove this, so we challenge you to let us do that by pledging some support!
We will have a private password protected blog for people who pledge more than $1. This will give supporters access to all of our inner workings and get updates much earlier than the public blog we will have set up.
We will be having a "thing of the month" and some supporters will get that thing each month depending on their pledge.
The rest of the rewards on the side bar are pretty explanatory. We have to be honest, making a RepRap is quite intricate and it will take a while to deliver, because of its sizable technical curve, and we will be giving you updates often.
Private Donor Blog:
What else could come of this?
We want to know where this can take us, and one of our long term goals is to provide a program where people of all ages can learn how to make their own RepRap.
We can also start a green initiative by using used plastic bottles and printing something out with it. (Maybe sort of like the coin presser of the 21st century! ) People will receive plastic bracelets from their recycled bottles reminding them that they can get something from staying green.
We want to be part of a movement that will make the RepRap a household name.
Please help us out, and help us meet our goal by pledging some support!
Examples of Thingieverse Object You can Receive!
Front-back frame by red24b thanks for the reccomendation by Kyle McCowin!
Bucket of Octopi by yeoldebrian
Mustache Ring by amyhurst
Glasses by langfordw
Simple Hinge by PieterNr1
Miniature Castle by tc_fea
"If RepRap takes off, and increases it abilities by evolution to manufacture more and more products, then people having these machines in their homes will mean there will no longer be a need, or no longer be such a big need for factories to make the goods that they want. When they want something, it will simply be a question of downloading it from the web in the way that they currently do with music or film or anything else. That downloaded file would then allow them to manufacture whatever object it was they that wanted in their home no transport involved..."
- Dr. Adrian Bowyer, University of Bath
- (49 days)