So I ran out of ABS… I’ve about 12 parts left to print off; The large parts. My teacher plans to order more plastic, but I’m not sure how much he’s going to buy and when. Apparently the ABS cartridges are $150 each (still expensive, but less than $250) I might strike up a deal with him and order a few cartridges so that I can start mass producing RepRap parts.
3rd pallet of parts removed from printer after a 16 hour print.
I found my camera and took some ‘better’ photos. Hit the read more link for more pictures. I’m nearly finished with this batch. As you can see a few of my parts have been scorched, I’m not sure if I’m going to reprint them or not. They seem fine structurally. I really admire their texture. They look and feel very nice. You can hit the fliker link at the end of this post for higher resolution photos.
I’m printing my parts with the Dimension bst printer. I plan to be making 2 sets of mendel parts. I’m currently about 80% of the way through my first set. I’ll sell the first set to fund the mechanical and electronic components to my RepRap. I’ll keep the second set for myself.
It’s located in the machine shop at my school, but it’s almost never used. It has a total print area of 8”x8”x12” (203 x 203 x 305 mm). Layer thickness of .010 in (.254mm) or .013in (.33mm).
It can print in multiple colors, but I only have access to white ABS. The cartridges Hold 992cc of plastic. They are pretty expensive in my opinion, at $250 USD each.
I’ve been given free access to it, and I can print anything I want. I have to maintain upkeep and operate it on my own time though.
More info about the printer can be had here
If you’re reading this blog then you’ve probably come from the RepRap Forums, so you probably already know what a RepRap project is. If not, “RepRap is a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap can print those parts”.
I’m very fascinated by this machine and I’ll be building one. This blog will be used to document the process by which I build a RepRap machine. Be sure to check in often to see how I’m doing! I’ll be adding a comment system to the site too. Make sure to be vocal!
This is my personal blog. It will be primarily devoted to My RepRap adventures, but other things might slip in too. I’ll make no promises.