Slowly but surely, the Prusa Mendel is forming. After a misguided attempt at using imperial washers where metric was called for, this past Monday we completed the static frame. Next, we’ll cut plates for the print platform and assemble the axes. As always, if you want to be involved, come hang out at Microcontroller Mondays, and for the behind-the-scenes scoop, head over to the wiki page.
This Monday we began the first stages of a project to build a Prusa Mendel. The Prusa Mendel is a species of RepRap, a DIY 3D printer that can print parts to make a copy of itself, in addition to any other plastic widget you can dream up. We’re still gathering materials, but if you drop by Microcontroller Mondays over the next couple months you should be able to see the build in action, and maybe help out! To follow along, stay tuned here, or for the messy reality, check out the wiki page.
Wow! HacDC friend Carl Leonard has done it again! His most recent (and always fantastic) “Robotcast” video podcast is all about the RepRap Build-a-Thon we had at the HacDC space last month. Great video of a bunch of interesting and enthusiastic folks building robots, with a surprise appearance by Adrian Bower. It is kind of a music video for hardcore hackers, and nicely shows off the space and people of HacDC. Thanks and props to Carl for sharing it with us and the world!
Thanks to fellow dorkbotDC-er Carl Leonard, we have a whole video podcast on DIY rapid prototyping and related technologies. It is a fantastic compliment to the upcoming Build-a-thon. See the video here. This is an episode of the fantastic Robotcast video blog series, every episode of which is packed with robotic goodness! Well worth checking out for interesting points of view on a range of robotics topics!
Join the HacDC and and the Baltimore/Maryland RepRap User’s Group (RUG) for a weekend of RepRap fun! Save the weekend of January 24/25 for our RepRap Build-a-Thon. Initial plans include a range of activities, including hands-on group construction a RepRap Darwin from the ground up starting with laser-cut acrylic parts. We are also planning on having several local RepRap builders on hand with their machines, and hopefully able to demonstrate them in operation, making stuff!
We would also like to invite some of the local technology media/blogosphere folks, and take the opportunity to not only demonstrate what these machines can do, but also to talk in general about the implications of readily-available (and self-replicating) rapid prototyping machines. Certainly a great opportunity to chat with some RepRap pioneers, have a chance to participate in a hands-on build, and to generally have a good time with some local hackers.
More information coming as the plans develop- watch this space! If you are interested in helping out, please let us know via the mailing list. If you have contacts in the local technology media, or know someone in the trade who would be interested in this kind of event, please let us know! See the movie post below for a time-compressed version of RepRap construction by one of the original designers- the time represented by the video is about four hours. Given enough participants, we should be able to do something similar in our two days!