RepRap is a 3D printer prototype (or 3D printer) that has a degree of self replication capability and prints most of its own (plastic) components. RepRap is the abbreviation of (replicating, rapid, prototyper). The prototype from software to hardware, is free and open source, and is released under the free software agreement GNU common public license GPL.
Reprap is from the University of Bath (the University of Bath Adrian Bowyer) mechanical engineering et al., a 3D printer design. It is different from the traditional graphic printer is that it prints are three-dimensional objects instead of plane, it is not the ordinary printing material and ink, plastic ABS, polycaprolactone, and so on.
The original reprap is designed to be a very science fiction to keep a copy of it yourself, just part of machine parts. It is the origin of the name of ---RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid-prototyper to quickly copy the prototype.
Reprap can also be used to manufacture its own parts outside things, such as door handle, hook, glass and so on.
Reprap is now open source design, and anyone can download its design data from its website, including circuitry and machinery, as well as software source code
There are 3 versions of reprap that can now be used. Simple is RepStrap "Seedling", a little more complicated is RepRap "Darwin", and the third version, called Mendel (Mendel), has been released and you can download the relevant information. Darwin is also constantly updating the design.
The work principle of reprap is that Darwin is made of plastic as raw material, and there is laser version. The material is heated and one layer is applied to wipe out an object, which may need to be decorated by hand in the later stage.
As an open source project, designed to encourage evolution, there are a number of derivative versions that exist, and they can be freely modified and replaced by designers. The thermoplastic extruder for RepRap 3D printers is typically mounted on a computer controlled XYZ platform of Descartes coordinates. The platform is built by the bar and print out the plastic connecting parts. All three axes are driven by a stepper motor, the X axis and the Y axis pass through a timing belt (timing, belt), and the Z axis is via the lead screw (leadscrew).
The core component of the RepRap is the thermoplastic extruder. The early RepRap extruders used gear driven DC motor screws to tightly press the plastic wire material, forcing it through the heated melt chamber through a narrow extrusion nozzle. However, due to its huge inertia, the DC motor can not start or stop quickly, so it is difficult to control accurately. As a result, a closer extruder uses a stepper motor (sometimes gear) to drive the raw wire, knead the spline shaft between the raw material, or roll the shaft and a ball bearing.
RepRap's electronic products are based on the popular open source Arduino platform and other boards for controlling stepper motors. Current versions of electronic products use the Arduino derived Sanguino motherboards, and an additional and custom Arduino board extruder controller. This architecture can be extended by additional extruders, and each extruder can use its own controller.
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RepRap is considered to be a complete replication system, not a simple piece of hardware. To this end, the system includes computer-aided design (CAD) of the 3D modeling system and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software and drivers in the form of the RepRap user 's design into a set of instructions by RepRap hardware, transformed into physical objects.
Two different CAM tool chains have been developed for RepRap. First of all, simply titled "RepRap Host" is the RepRap leadership developer, Adrian Bowyer, written in Java language. Second, "Skeinforge", is written independently by Enrique Perez. Both are complete tool chain systems that translate the 3D model into the machine language G-code of the command printer.
Almost any CAD or 3D modeling software can be used with RepRap as long as it is able to generate STL files. Content creators can use any of the tools they are familiar with, whether they are commercial CAD software, such as SolidWorks, or open source 3D modeling software such as Blender or OpenSCAD.
RepRaps's printed object material is derived from ABS, PLA, polylactic acid, and similar thermopolymers materials.
PLA polylactic acid has high stiffness, minimal warpage, and has an attractive translucent color for engineering advantages. PLA polylactic acid material is biodegradable and environmentally friendly material derived from plants. Alunar Online Store Provides good quality 1.75mm PLA Filament.
RepRap users are different from most commercial machines, and we encourage printing new materials and methods for experiments and publish results. Methods for printing new materials (such as ceramics) have been developed in this way.
The RepRap project has not yet identified a suitable carrier material to supplement its printing process.
Reprap Development Process
Summary: the RepRap project was created in 2005 at the University of Bath in England by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering.
March 23, 2005 - RepRap's blog begins.
Summer 2005 - The British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council provides funding to the initial development of the University of Bath in the RepRap.
September 13, 2006 - The RepRap 0.2 prototype was successfully printed in the first part, and then it was used to replace the same part that was originally generated by a commercial 3D printer.
February 9, 2008 - RepRap 1 "Darwin" successfully implemented at least half of the rapid prototyping parts of an instance.
April 4, 2008 - Probably the first end-user project made by an RepRap is a fixture that securely holds iPod on the dashboard of a Ford Fiesta car.
May 29, 2008 - Assembled in a few minutes, the first completed "son" machine at the University of Bath produced the first part of the grandson machine.
September 23, 2008 - At least 100 copies have been reported to have been built in different countries. The exact number of RepRap circulating at that time was unknown.
November 30, 2008 - The first recorded "wild" replication occurred. Replication was done by Wade Bortz, the first user in the other users who made a complete replica of the outside of the development team.
April 20, 2009 - Announce a RepRap to make the first electronic circuit board. It uses an automated control system and an exchange head system that can print both plastic and electrically conductive solders. Later, the part was integrated into the RepRap that made it.
October 2, 2009 - The second generation model design, called "Mendel", prints out its first part." The shape of Mendel is exactly like a three prism, not a cube.
October 13, 2009 - RepRap 2 edition "Mendel" completed.
January 27, 2010 - Foresight Institute announced the "Kartik M. Gada humanitarian Innovation Award" award to an improved RepRap design and implementation. There are two awards, one of which is $20000 and the other is $80000. The executive branch of the bonus was later transferred to Humanity+.
August 31, 2010 - The design of the third generation model, "Huxley" was officially named. Its development is based on a miniaturized version of Mendel's hardware with 30% of the original amount of print.
First half of 2012 - The construction and use of RepRaps and RepStraps are widely distributed in the technology, tools and engineering communities. RepRaps and its derivatives business version has appeared in many mainstream media, and science and technology into the media such as "wired" (Wired) and some influential engineering professionals in the news media on the watch list and report the permanent theme.
2012 Summer/fall - There has been a lot of new company focused on sales in smaller versions are derived, and the assembled kit system, as well as the development of the new study, 3D printing prices and existing industrial compared to provide can greatly reduce the price of 3D printing. The results of RepRap is perhaps the most striking is the first successful Delta design, Rostock printer, slowly matures, there is a preliminary attempt to purchase some of the builders of the solution work experience. Although Rostock is still undergoing major changes at the experimental stage, it is close to the best and very different designs almost every month. The new generation of design using OpenBeams line (such as Dyneema or Spectra is typical) instead of the conduction band and so on, it also represents some of the latest trends in RepRaps.
In 2013 December - RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer, the world's leading distributor of high-end electronics and maintenance services Electrocomponents PLC group company (LSE:ECM)'s trade brand RS Components (RS) signed a major distribution deal with RepRapPro Ltd, the two sides will make a friendly global engineer supply price of the open source, self replicating 3D printer. Ormerod is the most versatile 3D printer available: its functionality is easy to extend, fast self replication and assembly.
September 1, 2014 - Open source printer is called "the two generation of Ormerod (Ormerod 2) listed.
November 17, 2014 - New generation RepRapPro Huxley (Huxley) Duo 3D print suite listed.
January 23, 2015 - Huxley, Duo and Ormerod upgraded dual nozzle kit release.
March 2, 2015 - Third generation Mendel models on the market.
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