Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing
| By Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Lab.
Wanted: Students to make a distributed future with solar-powered open-source RepRap 3-D printing and recyclebot recycling.
- Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing
- Andre Laplume, Gerald C. Anzalone, Joshua M. Pearce. Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 85(1), pp 633-642 (2016). doi:10.1007/s00170-015-7970-9 free open access preprint
- The BOM in Appendix A and B: https://osf.io/52sxp/
- To build follow the basic parameters from Athena_Build_Overview substituting in the larger sections from the BOM and repeating 4x
- Latest version of Delta OpenSCAD code and Tool effector OpenSCAD code
- To see the delta in action see MOST quad delta RepRap
- Operate with Franklin open source software
Additive manufacturing with 3-D printers may be a key technology enabler for entrepreneurs seeking to use disruptive innovations such as business models utilizing distributed manufacturing. Unlike centralized manufacturing, distributed manufacturing makes the parts and products (the prints) at (or closer to) the source of the demand, cutting out much of the traditional supply chain. Although many expect 3-D printing to take off at the household level and previous work has shown significant returns for those choosing to do so, there are still significant barriers to entry for typical consumers. Our analysis demonstrates that for an individual to make an abnormally high return on their investments in 3-D printers, they must serve others to achieve high utilization rates. The impetus to do so is created by a service that can undercut traditionally manufactured products due to affordability and customizability. Low-cost, open-source 3-D printers are now priced within range of individual entrepreneurs who can take advantage of the long tail of consumers with highly varied interests. The margin advantage, net present value, and return on investment (ROI) analysis provided herein could form the basis of thousands of new small-business ventures in the coming years.
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