The birth of the “RepRap”
We recently covered an open source 3 dimensional printer known as the "RepRap", designed and built by Adrian Bowyer - a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.
After looking over Adrian's Vimeo channel, we discovered an interesting time-lapse video of the hand-made RepRap prototype that Bowyer had lovingly nicknamed "Darwin".
Built by hand and manufactured in four hours, over two days in April '07 - "Darwin" went on to help inspire Bowyer to create several peripheral extensions for the RepRap machine - and even to share the design and instructions under public license! Allowing anyone to build their own RepRap CAM machine.
The video was shot at 3 seconds per frame, to give you an idea of how long it would have taken!
Bowyer even went on to create a small machine to aid home PCB assembly: RepRap making its own PCBs by Adrian Bowyer
We hope you found this post interesting, watch this space for more interesting electronics and innovation!