We at Filament Direct are great admirers of RepRap, for a number of reasons, and we thought we’d share them with you! RepRap is the first of its kind, and will be looked back on fondly by historians as the first self-replicating multi-purpose manufacturing device. Yeah, we know it’s a mouthful; but it is immensely important.
You see, a RepRap printer can print another RepRap printer, admittedly with a few parts missing, which can then print another RepRap, and another, and another, and another. The wonderful thing about this is that the blueprints for RepRap are open source and easily available to anyone with an internet connection and the right software. Anyone with a 3D printer - be it RepRap or otherwise - can print themselves a new 3D printer at a fraction of the cost of the original. All they need is the blueprints from RepRap’s website and some suitable filament - available here from us at bargain prices.
The first self-replicating multi-purpose manufacturing tool (try saying it out loud: it’ll impress people) looks set to upturn the world’s economy a fair bit: as discussed elsewhere on this website, 3D printing will make many sold household items obsolete, as they can just be printed from home. It looks like even the printers themselves can be made at home. It’s an immensely exciting concept and it’s that that makes RepRap one of the very, very special machines of our generation. Never before has any machine (outside Biology) been able to make itself. Now, there is one that can in a matter of hours.