RepRap Project: A 3D Printer than can print its own components

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RepRap Project: A 3D Printer than can print its own components

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According to the RepRap project,” it is a self-replicating 3D printer.  RepRap is short for replicating rapid prototyper.  The RepRap project started as an open source project.  Therefore, all designs produced under the project are released under a free software license.  So, if you have a RepRap 3D printer, you can print parts of another RepRap printer and assemble it. Even if not all parts of the printer are 3D printed by the machine, being able to print most of the parts bring down the cost of the 3D printer significantly.

RepRap uses an additive manufacturing process called fused filament fabrication.  RepRap allows printing several common use articles.   The ability to print common articles by consumers is known to be environmentally friendly.  RepRap was founded in 2005 by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, of the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.  In 2011, RepRapPro, a company dedicated to open-source 3D printing was formed as a result of collaboration between RepRap Limited and eMAKER Limited.  RepRap kits are available for purchase from RepRapPro.  The customer purchases the kit and assembles it.  At present, there are four different kits available for Ormerod, Mendel, Huxley, and Fisher”.:)

http://reprap.org/

Wikipedia: RepRap Project

Wikipedia: Adrian Bowyer

 

Singapore Centre for 3D Printing of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Singapore Centre for 3D Printing of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) is a center of excellence at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for consolidating cutting edge technology and research in the area of 3D printing. SC3DP has secured close to $150m funding from various sources. The goal of SC3DP is to expand in the following industry sectors (1) Future of Manufacturing, (2) Aerospace and Defense, (3)  Building and Construction, and (4) Marine and offshore.  SC3DP provides Ph.D. programmes as well as Master’s programmes for students interested in 3D printing.

According to Professor Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director, Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, “Singapore, a place where East meets West, and a place where 3D Printing can be rooted back to the late 1980s, must take leadership in developing new 3D Printing manufacturing technologies and training future 3D Printing engineer leaders, for Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. … By taking advantage of Singapore’s position and strong manufacturing reputation, coupled with anticipating infrastructures and an accessible pool of talents, SC3DP offers an ideal setting in Asia to attract and support global businesses.”:)

http://sc3dp.ntu.edu.sg

http://sc3dp.ntu.edu.sg/NewsnEvents/Pages/News-Detail.aspx?news=b15005bc-3ba8-44e4-97b3-88ebb5ba708d