In August last year, I was swept away by the idea of the Open Source/Open Hardware Replicating Rapid Prototyper, or RepRap for short. The RepRap project is a community effort to create a 3D printer capable of self-replication.
I first encountered the idea behind the RepRap at our friends at Labitat and shortly thereafter began self-sourcing the materials needed to build a Prusa Mendel v1, which – at that time – was state of the art within the RepRap community.
During the Fall and Winter, I managed to complete my Prusa Mendel build, and shortly before Christmas I had my first working 3D print!
For more photos of some of the items, I have printed on this machine, visit my Thingiverse page…
I have since then begun updating my RepRap to the Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 design, based on linear LM8UU bearings. The conversion is 66% done (X- and Y-axis are done, Z-axis still using printed PLA-bushings).
Stay tuned for posts with the small hints and tips, I have picked up while building this amazing machine!