A repstrap is a 3D printer cobbled together from whatever parts you can find, which will eventually allow you to print the parts for a reprap machine, or to simply use as a stand alone machine. Derived from the term bootstrap, as in "to pull yourself up by your bootstraps"
A RepStrap is a open-hardware rapid prototyping machine which is made by fabrication processes which aren't under the RepRap umbrella yet. These are becoming less and less common as RepRap printed parts become more available, but are still an option. You can build a 3D printer RepStrap using a tablesaw, or using a lasercutter, and use this to make fun, beautiful, useful things.
Like RepRap parts, of course!
If there is a page on the RepRap wiki that describes a RepStrap but is not listed on this page, please edit that page and put the [[category:RepStrap]] tag on it. Then the wiki will automatically display a link to that page at the bottom of this page.
Which RepStrap is Right for Me?
This page is a list of all RepStraps. Feel free to browse the versions listed here, or see the page What Tooling Do You Have to see what you can make with what you have.
- How to build an Orca - Open source 3D printer derived from Mendel. Easier & faster to build then original Mendel but with cost of custom laser-cut aluminum parts.
- How to build an Wolfstrap - One of many RepStraps.
- Comment construire un Wolfstrap
- How to build an Ultimaker 3D printer - The Ultimaker is a high-performance laser-cut 3D printer. (e)CAD files are on the wiki here and on Thingiverse.