RepRap Version II "Mendel"

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This section of the RepRap documentation is about building and using RepRap Version II "Mendel". It is under construction.


Mendel Specifications

' UK metric US imperial
Manufacturer RepRap
Model Mendel M4
Technology FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)/Thermoplastic extrusion
Price £395.00 $630
Annual Service Cost Occasional oiling = £5 Occasional oiling = $10
Size & Wt. 500 mm (W) x 400 mm (D) x 360 mm (H) 20” (W) x 16” (D) x 14” (H)
Build Envelope 200 mm (W) x 200 mm (D) x 140 mm (H) 8” (W) x 8” (D) x 5.5” (H)
Materials PLA, HDPE, ABS & more. Uses ø 3 mm (0.118”) filament.
Material Cost PLA: $?/lb, HDPE: $7/lb, ABS: $10/lb PLA: $?/lb, HDPE: $7/lb, ABS: $10/lb
Speed fair
Accuracy Resolution of nozzle 0.5mm, 2mm min. feature size, 0.1mm positioning accuracy, layer thk 0.5mm Resolution of nozzle 0.0196”, 0.0787” min. feature size, 0.0039 positioning accuracy, layer thk 0.0196”
Finish fair

Mendel vs. Darwin

Mendel is the latest generation RepRap machine. Mendel supercedes the first version, which we call Darwin. For RepRap Version I "Darwin" instructions follow this link.

Mendel has the following key improvements over Darwin:

  • Bigger print area, smaller machine footprint
  • Improved constraint on the z-axis to eliminate jamming
  • Better axis efficiency
  • Simpler assembly
  • Capacity of tool changing

This video illustrates these improvements:

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For a numerical comparison see this blog post.