Other RepRap Sites
Other Additive Fabrication and/or self-replication sites.
Sites that discuss Self-Replication or additive fabrication or both:
- Meshlab - useful for processing STL files.
- Wohlers Associates, Inc - an independent consulting firm providing technical and strategic advice on rapid product development and additive manufacturing
- Three-dimensional printers and 3d-printing technologies almanac
- The Worldwide Rapid Prototyping Directory.
- Build 3D Printer - Useful information and videos on the process of building your own 3d printer.
- Fab@Home - an open-source 3D printer based on a syringe-squeezing mechanism and pre-cut acrylic sheet panels. This is some very nice work by Evan Malone and Hod Lipson at the Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory.
- The MultiMachine: a humanitarian, open source machine tool project for developing countries.
- DAVID Laserscanner A free laserscanner software package. See also here.
- Moshe Sipper's Artificial Self-replication page.
- DIY Stereolithography
- Article on microfactories
- Paper-based transistors
- Easy-to-do Lab-on-a-chip technology from Mohamed Abdelgawad and Co at University of Toronto.
- fabbers.com - Digital Fabrication Portal.
- Matt Moses' Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines pages.
- The AdCiv site, which is dedicated to the study of the post-scarcity age.
- A Universal Constructor made from cellular automata by Renato Nobili and Umberto Pesavento.
- Ralph Merkle's work on Self replicating systems and low cost manufacturing.
- NASA and the Universal Constructor: Advanced Automation for Space Missions edited by Robert Freitas and William Gilbreath.
- Brock Hinzmann's paper: The Personal Factory.
- Josh Storrs Hall's systems-level analysis of self-replicating systems.
- The Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines pages and book by Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle.
- The Norwegian Metal Printing Process project.
- The Cornell self-reproducing robot.
- Simon McAuliffe's Repstrap project: booting RepRap without an initial RP machine.
- The Clanking Replicator Project Site: bootstrapping yourself into very low-cost 3D protopyping technology
- Turbosquid: a big library of 3D designs for download, some free, some for money.
- The MIT Fab Lab project.
- Making a hot air, surface-mount soldering iron from a desoldering tool.
- Making negative resistance simply - a possible way for RepRap to make electronics.
- Ohmcraft FFF resistors
- How to drive inkjet printheads
- OScar the open-source car.
- The Open Prosthetics Project - these folk are designing new and useful prosthetics and giving the desgin plans away for free!
- Wiring - Wiring is an open source programming environment and electronics i/o board for exploring the electronic arts, tangible media, teaching and learning computer programming and prototyping with electronics.
- Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board, and a development environment for writing Arduino software. The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring, itself built on Processing
- Processing - Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound.
- Printing electronics.
- Tux Droid - A wireless robotic penguin intended as a toy and a way of interacting with your computer.
- MechMate - A set of plans to build a large-scale (~2 meter x 3 meter) cnc router, to cut plywood sheet. The router frame is made from welded steel components. The plans are free to download for noncommercial use. Mechmate apparently started as a set of modifications to the commercial Shopbot CNC router system.
- Talk on her DIY chip manufacture by Jeri Ellsworth, DIY chip manufacture 1, DIY chip manufacture 2
- Single camera 3D object reconstruction from Cambridge.
- MIT's Machines that make Machines pages.
- OctoPrint - lets you run a web interface to your 3D printer
- PrintToPeer - offers a cloud interface to your 3D printer, hosted by PrintToPeer (almost like OctoPrint but you don't get to host it).
Other free hardware
- The Arduino microcontroller
- Article on Open Source Hardware in Wired
- Contraptor - an open-source Cartesian robot
Building/Converting your own CNC machine.
- A busy webforum and discussion site for CNC machine builders.
- EMC - Use an old PC to control your CNC machine, with this free, robust Linux-based CNC machine controller software. A RepStrap using EMC is called a EMCRepStrap.
- The CAD_CAM_EDM_DRO mailing list - helpful folk who love to discuss these matters.
- How to build your own CNC mnachine (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3).
- Routing PCBs
These are not recommendations. This is a non-exhaustive list of establishments that we have heard will make parts for individuals from designs that you supply electronically - such as RepRap parts. If you feel yours should be here, or know of one that should be listed, please let us know:
One to many
These sites appear to be companies which sell 3D printing services to others, allowing people to print even though they don't own a 3D printer.
- Ponoko - a web-based fabrication house for sheet parts.
- Shapeways another fabrication service.
Many to many
These sites appear to be companies which connect people with other people who want to sell 3D printing services, allowing people to print even though they don't own a 3D printer.
- Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For under $70 Quote: "...We are currently refining the Piccolo prototype into an open-source design..."
Links related to Automated Circuitry Making:
- Easy PCB etching with a sponge
- Direct printing of PCB etch-resist
- How to make a triode in your home workshop
- Conducting polymers
- Low-melting-point conducting adhesives
- Notes on fusible alloys
- Eric Von Hippel's book Democratizing Innovation
- Making PLA in a one-stage fermentetion
- Viktor Zykov's molcubes (should be reprappable...)
- Michele Boldrin and David Levine's book Against Intellectual Monopoly
- The SXM Project - an open-source scanning tunneling microscope
- White House report on home fabbing by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman
- Article by Melba Kurman on open hardware.