Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Class Registration Extended!

Alright, as of right now, there are only 4 spots left for the RepRap Build Class @ Fab Lab Baltimore. Seeing as all supplies have been ordered, mine as well leave registration open until the end of the week (just to maybe let you last minute stragglers sleep on it a bit longer).
This can be your table at home in the not so distant future!
So, the time schedule for the class:

Friday - 5PM - approx 10PM
Saturday/Sunday - 10AM to 10PM

Take a look at the last post on my blog to get a feel for what each kit comes with. I will be sending out a mass email to all participants with detailed info on class schedules (essentially what will be doing the entire weekend. I'll also ask for your laptop/computer operating system in which you wish to operate your RepRap printer, just so I can prep everything for smooth downloading and installation. I will also be asking for your food/drink preferences (please nothing to fancy, I'll be heading to Costco before hand or simply getting fast food for the class).

Keep your eyes peeled for my email. And as always, feel free to ask me anything at all.

The prep work BEGINS!

Friday, May 20, 2011

RepRap Build Class @ Fab Lab Baltimore!

Hello everyone!

It's been a long time in the making, but I can proudly announce today that come the weekend of June 18th, you will be able to live in the exciting future with your own RepRap 3D printer at home!

The event will span across the weekend of June 18th, starting on Friday evening and carrying into Saturday/Sunday. You can expect to be building/working for 4-5 hours on Friday and approx 12 hours (w/ breaks) for Saturday/Sunday. The cost of the class is going to be $850, this includes absolutely everything you will need to build a 3D printer. I have searched high and low to source out every component for you guys at the lowest cost. Food will be provided on each day, 1 meal for Friday and 3 meals for Saturday/Sunday. There will be at least 6 instructors on hand (if not more), you will have all the assistance you need to guide you through the class and answer any questions. The goal is for you to not only build a 3D printer, but to understand it as well. Oh and to have fun!

Groups (up to three people) and individuals can sign up. There are multiple ways to pay for the class: 1) visit my blogdigifabindustries.blogspot.com and pay via Google Checkout on the left side of the main page 2) PayPal me directly at ata0921@gmail.com 3) Pay in person with credit card/cash/check. Registration for the class will be open until the May 31st, only 10 spots will be available and will go fast. When using electronic methods of payment (i.e. Google Checkout and PayPal, please leave a note containing the lines "RepRap Build Class").

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Ta.Anderson.H@gmail.com.

Looking forward to assisting you into your new futuristic life with your own 3D printer!

What does each kit include?
- All Hardware needed for the RepRap Prusa including Wade's Extruder (metric)
- All printed parts (metric)
- MakerGear V3 Hot end
- RAMPS Electronics (V1.3?) w/ heatsinked Pololu steppers
- Arduino 1280 Clone
- 3 Mechanical switches, for endstops
- 12V 30A PSU
- 1# Filament (PLA) from Ultimachine
- PCB HBP (heated build platform)
- 50mm wide Kapton tape
- Laser cut MDF Y bed
- T5 Belting and machined pulleys
- Machined flexible Z-Couplings
- Nema 17 motors
- 2  x 40mm fans, for hot end and electronics
- 608 Bearings
- Wires and Euro Style Terminal Blocks

EVERYTHING you would need to get printing is provided. I've searched high and low for the best prices.

Below is a picture of a RepRap Prusa, the model in which we will be building. It does not include many things included in the kit I am providing, but its a good preview of what you will be building.
No HBP and I am using a MakerGear Extruder (not a Wade's, the one we will be using).
AGAIN, if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me at Ta.Anderson.H@gmail.com

Monday, May 9, 2011

Quick Update

Whoever knew keeping up a blog was such a difficult task. Sorry I've been quiet for a little bit, been busy in the world of 3D printing goodness.

Unloading at the Rayburn House
Last week was 3D/DC, an event organized by Michael Weinberg of PublicKnowledge.org. Please check out the RepRap blog post by Wade Bortz (yes, the WADE of the extruder fame) for a quick recap and photos. PublicKnowledge also has a highlight reel that you might also want to check out.

All in all it was a good day for 3D printing in general. In attendance were the "luminaries" of the 3D printing industry, from the closed source to the open source end of the spectrum.

Finally got a chance to put some real faces to IRC tags (drgone, jebba, etc.) and also a good chance to get in on some free BOOZE! Good times. It's great to be out and about with like minded individuals, I look forward to similar events in the future.

That same week was also RobotFest, the mid-Atlantic mini-Maker Faire. I was there representing RepRap yet again. Found myself nearby the awesome folks at MakerBot yet again. Us 3D printing have got to stick together after all, right?

Quick pic of getting things setup:
RepRap Representing
Who wouldn't be intersted in self-replicating robots?!
Still working on the build class in case you are wondering. Turns out I might just fund the entire class myself. Registration will be through my blog as well. So if you are interested, stay tuned for registration opening (a maximum of 10 spots will be available, groups of 3 are welcome!). I know a lot of you have been anxious to get one of these built and in your hands/home...Just a bit longer, I PROMISE!