Warning, this page is utterly out of date. McWire->WolfStrap Darwin->Mendel etc->etc 2.0 --Sebastien Bailard 02:33, 8 September 2010 (UTC)
- RepRap Options - a page that describes whichever machine is currently a well-documented and recommended RepRap design. The designs typically assume you already have a RepRap available to build the next RepRap. (This is a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem).
- What Tooling Do You Have - a page that helps you choose a bootstrap pathway towards building a RepRap when you don't already have a RepRap. Such bootstrap pathways typically involve building an intermediate RepStrap machine.
While the Mendel can already make some interesting objects, people (hopefully including yourself, dear reader) keep finding ways to push the boundaries of its capabilities and improve it in other ways.
Some historically important and promising research developments include:
- RepRap "Darwin" - the first RepRap machine
- RepStrap "Seedling" - an easy to build RepStrap machine
- Ed Sells: File:DocumentationMain-Thesis-EdSells-TowardsaSelf-ManufacturingRapidPrototypingMachine.pdf: The birth of "Darwin": a thesis written on the development towards a self-replicating machine.
Machines can be thought of as a "stack" of various components: the tool head, the positioning system, the electronics, the firmware, the software, ...
The mechanics, also called the positioning system, are how you move the toolheads around in 3D space.
One of the things we've striven for in this project to achieve modularity with our designs. The mechanical system is one system of a RepRap machine that is suitable for this. For a normal RepRap machine you have 3 Axes: X, Y, and Z. Regardless of which axis you place the build area on, and which axis you place the toolheads on, it all functions nearly identically regardless of which electronics system you are using.
- Mechanic System Overview - a comprehensive look at the various positioning systems.
- Darwin's positioning system - this is the positioning system for Darwin.
- McWire Cartesian Bot v1.2 - this is the cartesian bot at the heart of RepStrap "Seedling"
The toolheads are the things that actually lay down the build material.
Currently, there is only one toolhead that is ready for general use, the Thermoplastic Extruder. However, eventually we would like to support many different toolheads from simple markers for drawing to support material extruders to paste extruder to lasers for cutting/sintering to wax deposition heads for doing metal casting. If you have a toolhead that does not heavily stress the cartesian bot, then it would be well suited for the RepRap platform.
- Toolhead System Overview - a comprehensive look at the various toolheads RepRap supports.
- Thermoplastic Extruder v2.0 - the most current version of our plastic extruder
- Support Extruder v0.1 - our new support material extruder
- Types of Plastic and Printing Materials - all our information on printing materials
- Future Toolhead Ideas - our little place for speculation and brainstorming
The electronics are the brains of a RepRap system.
The electronics system is another area that is suited for modularity. There are basically two interfaces between the various systems: the computer/RepRap interface and the electronics/machine interface. These are generally the same regardless of which system of electronics you are using.
- Electronics Overview - a birds eye view of the electronics subsystems.
- 1st Gen. PIC Based Electronics - older boards (Universal Controller stuff)
- 2nd Gen. Arduino Based Electronics - more modular system based on arduino
- 3rd Gen. Sanguino Based Electronics - latest electronics. supports multiple printheads.
- Sourceforge - this is who hosts our project
- Subversion Repository - instructions on how to publicly access our code
- Host Software
- RepRap Control Software - The software that makes your RepRap print stuff.
- LiveCD Instructions - We have a LiveCD which allows you to boot directly into a RepRap environment.
- Host Controller API - details on how the host software is programmed
- ReplicatorG - A driver based machine controller that takes GCode files as input.
- The G-code interpreter for the Arduino
- SNAP Protocol - how RepRap communicates with the electronics.
- SNAP Commands and Modules - the various commands we have defined for communicating via SNAP.
- Arduino Firmware
- Already Done List - There is quite a bit already done.
- To Do List - There's still quite a bit left to do.
- Design Hints for Art of Illusion (AoI)
- Style Guide - Keep it pretty =)
- IOBox Networked module that allows simple I/O for quick experimenting
- The RepRap Logo
- RP Orders for the RepRap team
- Making SourceForge Releases
- Cheltenham Science Festival 2008 Do-list
Presentations and Talks
Here are the slides (usually in Open Office format) for talks and presentations given by members of the RepRap team at conferences and meetings.
- RepRap poster for use at conferences and exhibitions [[File:DocumentationMain-poster.odg and in pdf format.|thumb]]
- [[File:DocumentationMain-ios.odp: Adrian's slides for his talk at the Irish Open Source Technology Conference, 2008.|thumb]]
- [[File:DocumentationMain-reprap.odp in OpenOffice format for a talk on RepRap given at Dyson in April 2007 by Adrian Bowyer.|thumb]]
- Seminar slides. These are the slides for a seminar on the project given at Bath University on 9 March 2005 by (AdrianBowyer).
- Based on the above, Vik Olliver's "Printing a penguin" presentation to LinuxConf Australia 2007 (LCA2007) in Sydney, January 2007 in [[PDF and OpenDocument formats. Also available as cross-platform video (OGG).|thumb]]
- Paper on [[File:DocumentationMain-sells-bowyer.doc into polymer RP objects - Ed Sells & Adrian Bowyer: Directly incorporating electronics into conventional rapid prototypes, Proc. 7th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing, Centre for Rapid Design and Manufacture, High Wycombe, June 2006.|thumb]]
- "Fabricating a Free World" Presentation for O'Reilly OSCON 2007 by Vik Olliver as [[PDF and OpenDocument.|thumb]]
- The [[File:DocumentationMain-reprap-short.odp for Adrian's talk at Pop!Tech in October 2007.|thumb]]
- [[File:DocumentationMain-Arduino in 4D.odp for LCA 2010 Arduino Evolution Presentation|thumb]]
- [[File:DocumentationMain-Beyond The Pixel.odp for LCA 2010 Beyond The Pixel - 2D & 3D CAD for eejits|thumb]]
- RepRap Summary Presentation for Weltec in Hamilton 2012 by Vik Olliver as OpenDocument.|thumb]]
Earlier versions of various RepRap documentation preserved here for historical reasons.
- Extruder Mk I
- Rapid Prototyped Electronic Circuits. University of Bath Department of Mechanical Engineering Technical Report 01/04 in .doc format for Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. This is a detailed report on Stage One of the RepRap Project, which is now complete. (EdSells)
- Rapid Prototyping Electronic Circuits: Supplementary Manual in .doc format for Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. (EdSells)
- Report in .doc format: Automatic deposition of molten alloy into a casting channel to create a (very) simple electro-mechanical component (May 2005). This was done on an axis designed for self-replication (EdSells).
Here you can find stuff from the really early days of RepRap. It's been moved to ReallyOldStuff so the documentation page stays clear and concise.