Re: [rp-ml] Make magazine

From: Brock Hinzmann (
Date: Thu Jun 09 2005 - 03:11:27 EEST

Thanks, Adrian.

I can see why you want to standardize parts, especially when you want to
prove it can be done. What I was thinking was, can we imagine that some
circuit boards from some devices, like a certain model cell phone or
computer mouse, are so widely available that you could have,
essentially, a standardized part? Or maybe in the future, once the basic
RepRap is standardized, people could modify it by hacking open some
other product, like a Roomba or a RoboSapien, and reprogramming a piece
of it to fit into a new version of RepRap? In other words, have you
thought of leaving some part of the design open to such modifications?

I'll be leaving the Internet for the next week, but I hope people are
able to have some fun with this string.

best regards,
Brock Hinzmann

Adrian Bowyer wrote:

>Quoting Brock Hinzmann <>:
>>I was also thinking of the Bath Univ. open source RepRap
>>project and the Fab Lab in terms of, if you can get the
>>functional electronic parts out of re-used computers and
>>toy robots, wouldn't an RP machine be useful for custom
>>structural parts?
>This is more-or-less how we're making the first RepRap machine itself, except
>(apart from experiments - anyone want a pile of plastic inkjet printer
>cases?...) we're not using parts recycled from used equipment, because supply
>of that is not guaranteed worldwide; instead we're using standard new
>engineering components like PIC chips and ground silver-steel rods alongside
>all the "geometry-deciding" parts. These parts are made by RP. This way
>anyone who has a RepRap machine will be able to make another by ordering up a
>kit of completely standard parts and using his/her existing machine to make the
>rest. The target cost for the kit of standard parts is 300.
>We're also putting a lot of effort into reducing the toolset required to put
>together a RepRap machine to a developing-country-acceptable minimum. Thus,
>for example, though I sometimes use a lathe to make parts for experiments, the
>production version will only need what our man Vik Olliver calls an Afghan
>Lathe; i.e. a Black & Decker clamped to a bench.
>Count fingers before and after use...

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