RepRap Distribution Files

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When you download the RepRap distribution from Sourceforge here you will get a file called reprap-nnnnnn-yyyymmdd.zip. The nnnnnn is the name of the current RepRap machine ("mendel" at the time of writing), and yyyymmdd is the date of the release. When you unzip that file it will create a directory called reprap-nnnnnn-yyyymmdd. This page tells you what's in that directory.

See Installing RepRap on your computer for installation instructions.

Licences and README

There are three files in the directory for these:

LICENSE
README
README.txt

The README.txt is the same as README; it's just there because Windows likes to have file extensions to hold its hand when it's deciding what to do with things. These three files are pretty self-explanatory.

Programs you run

There are two of these, one for Linux and one for Windows:

reprap
reprap.bat

These are both scripts. When reprap is run on Linux, and when reprap.bat is run on Windows, they configure the computer correctly then run the RepRap host software that allows you to build things in your RepRap machine.

That host software needs some data files. These are:

reprap-icon.png
reprap-wv.stl
reprap.properties.dist
rr-logo-green-url.png

The reprap-icon.png file contains the RepRap teardrop.

The reprap-wv.stl contains a model of the RepRap machine's build platform that the host software displays in 3D for you to load parts for building onto.

The reprap.properties.dist file contains the default parameters for the RepRap machine. Those are described in detail here.

The rr-logo-green-url.png file contains another version of the logo that the software uses in its main control window.

The RepRap source files

All the designs for the RepRap machine (mechanics and electronics) together with the firmware that resides in the machine's microcontrollers are in a directory:

mendel

You may want to move that directory elsewhere on your computer for ease of access.

The source files for the Java RepRap host software are in the directory:

src


Java files

These are the files that you need to run RepRap on your computer. The main one is:

reprap.jar

This is the actual RepRap Java program. There is then a bunch of Java libraries that RepRap needs:

RXTXcomm.jar
j3d-org-java3d-all.jar
j3dcore.jar
j3dutils.jar
swing-layout-1.0.3.jar
vecmath.jar

There are also Linux-specific library files:

libj3dcore-ogl-cg.so
libj3dcore-ogl.so
librxtxParallel.so
librxtxSerial.so

And Windows-specific library files:

j3dcore-d3d.dll
j3dcore-ogl-cg.dll
j3dcore-ogl-chk.dll
j3dcore-ogl.dll
rxtxParallel.dll
rxtxSerial.dll