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Release status: Concept

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reprap with plastic frame
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This is the idea to completely make the frame of the reprap out of PLA/ABS (or similar materials). This should be

achievable by replacing the metal smooth rods of former designs with plastic ones. By that i do not mean solid rods of

plastic but more likely pipe like shapes with some stabelizing inner build like a number(#)-sign or maybe a cross(+) would

even suffice. Since this design will most definately have some stability issues we will have to think of a way to bring

stability in without increasing difficulty of assembly too much as well as keeping amount of needed material as low as

possible (and thus hopefully cost as well;).

To give the Plastobot the ability to reproduce the rods itself i thought of splitting long parts into smaller ones and

have a click system, like many plastic products nowadays have, connect them. Wether or not this option has too much of a

negative effect on stability and how to reduce it remains to be seen in tests.


The rods will be made of plastic with some sort of inner support.

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That is how i imagine the rod to look like.

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This is the top of the rod with the little pins of the click system on either side.

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The bottom with the holes for the pins.

See also

reprap Forum Plastobot