Build Day #1.

Foothill SEA officially commenced the construction of our RepRap, a self-REPlicating RAPid-prototyper.

A picture’s worth a thousand words so here they are…






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Hey! Progress!!

This is the 9th Prusa Mendel Parts printed on “Willow,” you can read about it right here:


You can track Willow’s offspring right here:,-49.21875&spn=171.31307,279.84375&z=0&source=embed

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What is RepRap?

So, what exactly IS a RepRap?

It’s short for self-REPlicating RAPid-prototyper.

It’s an Open-Source 3D printer that is designed with an ability to print its own parts in mind(read: replicate). It is an on-going project that has garnered world-wide attention, and in its current state RepRappers around the world has been improving the design to be more efficient and cost effective. So far, about 50% of the parts can be replicated.

Of course, it can be used to print anything else, too, and is only limited by imagination. First, a 3D object file is sliced down to several layers using a software. Then, RepRap prints parts by laying down a successive layer of materials. Simple, isn’t it?

Why are we interested in partaking in this project?

Well, it was noted in previous quarter that the Foothil SEA was mostly limited not with imagination or enthusiasm, but with budgetary concerns and and supplies. Besides, we wanted something bigger and something more engineering oriented. With RepRap, we can explore the fields of Evolutionary Robotics, Fabrication and Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering, or simply prints parts that can be used for future projects. It’ll be a good investment for the SEA and Foothill College community.

Related Links Where it all began Bay Area RepRap group Bay Area RepRap forum RepRappable parts repository RepRap locations

List of Vendors The maker of RAMPS(RepRap Arduino Mega Pololu Shield) electronics based in Tennessee Gen6 electronics and complete kit vendor based in the Netherlands A US based Complete Kit manufacturer Another US based Complete Kit manufacturer RepRap community flea market/shop front

Related wiki pages The latest and the greatest version of RepRap, an evolution of Mendel RepRap, a child of Darwin RepRap. RAMPS wiki The theory behind a 3D printer The theory behind self-replicating machines

RepRap Bloggers The main RepRap blog RepRapper based in University of Washington based in North Carolina The man behind the Prusa Mendel based in Czech Republic RepRap Blog aggregator Self-explanatory..

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