RS Components and RepRap have joined forces to create an affordable 3D printer, called Ormerod. Not only is the printer cheap, and I mean very cheap for a 3D printer, it is also self-replicating!
The RepRapPro Ormerod will be delivered in parts, so you will have to assemble it yourself. This no doubt helps with the product’s pricing structure, but it is also good for part replacement, as you will know how to install the particular component you are going to replace, after all, you built it! The only thing I can’t quite get my head around is; how do you print off a part to replace a broken component, if the printer is broken?
The printer comes with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software, so it appears as though this printer is aimed at engineers and professionals looking to make models. There is a print accuracy of 0.1mm at an accuracy of 0.0125mm and the build speed is 1.8mm per minute, so it appears to have some quality hardware.
The Ormerod itself prints using a Fused Filament Fabrication processes. While this will be one material only initially (PLA), add-ons will become available, which make it possible to print with three different colours. The design is simple too and should only take two hours to construct from opening the box.
Mark Cundle, head of technical marketing at RS Components said, “The availability of low cost 3D printing technology with the RepRapPro Ormerod, combined with the free and intuitive DesignSpark Mechanical and library of 3D component models from RS, is the dawn of a new era of 3D design and rapid prototyping that will see it move from a niche group of CAD specialists to a much wider spectrum of users…It is no overstatement to say these are revolutionary times for engineers, which will massively increase the scope for innovation and faster time-to-market.”
The standard model is available from the RS Website, but if you want a splash of colour in your office, then a red version of the printer is available, but you will have to be quick as there are only 500 available as it’s a limited edition.
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