FoldaRap

From RepRapWiki
Revision as of 15:20, 20 January 2013 by Emmanuel (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search


FoldaRap Documentation
Index | | FoldaRap Buyer's Guide | FoldaRap Build Manual | FoldaRap User Manual | FoldaRap improvements


Crystal Clear action run.png
FoldaRap

Release status: working

Foldarap NB 409x453.jpg
Description a folding reprap
License GPL
Author Emmanuel
Based-on X-carriage-struder
Categories RepRap
CAD Models http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:15877 , https://github.com/EmmanuelG/Foldarap
External Link Flattr

In my obsession dreaming of a folding RepRap, I finally started to make one, and now (after 5-7 months of development) I'm able to travel with it around the town/country/world :) (adventures pictured on flickr / youtube / ustream)

Contents

Specifications

  • Printed Parts: 20-21
  • Non-Printed Parts: 284 (including every bolts/nuts/washers/ferules/etc.)
  • Material Cost: ?
  • Cost: 600 €
  • Printing Size: 140mm x 140mm x 155mm (or 5.5"x5.5"x6.1")
  • Resolution : XY = 0.0125 mm ; Z = 0.0003125 mm or 0,00025 mm with m5 rods (see User_Manual#Step_per_mm)
  • Accuracy : 0.1mm (100 microns is the lowest layer height tested yet)
  • Speed: 75-500 mm/s (print-travel, max speed tested yet)

Special Features

  • Foldable
  • Based on 20x20mm aluminium extrusion (with 6mm slot)
  • Easy to build, with few tools (the printed parts are based on a 20mm grid (for overall aesthetic and mostly to ease the design), are generally 3-4mm thick, and fit the beams in a way you have nothing to measure during the assembly
  • 1.75mm Direct Driven Bowden Extruder ; fixed on the x-axis for less hysteresis and higher z-print
  • Peltier Heatbed (fast heat-up)
  • Big Blue Power Switch (my favourite detail ^^)
  • Print volume 140 x 140 x 150 mm (or ~3000 cm^3)
  • Footprint : 208 x 348 mm / Total volume : 335 x 348 x 318 mm (+21mm with the handle) / Folded and slided : about 335 x 376 (+21mm with the handle) x 98 mm / 3-4kg

R&D

FoldaRap

See also the sub-forum :

Huxley size

Mendel size

From the VertX to a whole printer, it's the next big project I started to dream of, some months ago, because I want to have a folding RepRap for travels/exhibitions/conferences that only need to be plugged to print (even if the Huxley is already not bad for that).

  • Foldable (first inspiration came from a folding ladder that my father have, then the Bonsai_RepStrap, this thread where Mendel90 first appeared, and from my Pocket Engraver structure)
  • Few threaded rods (I first thought about aluminium extrusion, but finally I'll assemble printed parts to make the frame, which is also good for replication/changes/scaling)
  • Easily scalable (can be 300x300x300 or 50x50x50, as we want).
  • Sells Mendel style Z-axis (one motor as I like to be able to manually tweak the Z)

More Inspiration

Some details that I found interesting or related or want to integrate to this idea of a foldable machine...

External links, media/press, etc.

I like feedback from the community, but a little attention from a blog or other people is always good :)

  1. hackaday mention a neat folding reprap, in their article about the many choices of repraps to build
  2. twittpic of Korben at the NuitDuHack2012
  3. Paradoxe temporel [23] and [24] also during the NDH2012
  4. From a little post in the GOALL, to Lorraine numérique / e-alsace
  5. Dans-ce-pot
  6. Retour sur la nuit du hack 2012
  7. B3dge
  8. 3ders.org
  9. Demonter.net
  10. Mobile Solar Powered 3D Printer Project on Appropedia (a solar powered foldarap ? :))
  11. Faveoly
  12. 3druck
  13. Bundlr
  14. Personnal Factory and several other tumblrs
  15. Fabbaloo
  16. 3dprinter
  17. Imastresd
  18. Nirvasite
  19. Ponoko
  20. Makezine
  21. Genomicon
  22. Dailygeekshow
  23. Semageek
  24. Core77
  25. Notcot
  26. Premiere
  27. Wired
  28. Nada nos libra de escorpio
  29. DfRobot
  30. Usinette&co au Summerlab Nantes
  31. Atelier-outdoor
  32. 2013 whishes by OVA design

History

  • 2011/11: started to design a folding Mendel, then a folding Huxley
  • 2012/01: starting to design the Fold-a-slot (actual FoldaRap)
  • 2012/05/24: First Print !!
  • 2012/06/23: First known user build started by Spacexula :)
  • 2012/06/28: beginning of the crowdfunding campaign
  • 2012/07: 2-3 more people are starting to build one
  • 2012/07/10: the crowdfunding campaign reached 100% ! (30 days left)
  • 2012/08/08: the campaign ended at 255% !!! FoldaRap_Batch1 in progress.
  • 2012/10 : start of the FoldaRap_Distributed_Manufacturing network
  • 2012/10 : another one is being build by Paoparts
  • 2012/10 : 1st workshop at Nybicc [25]
  • 2012/10/30 : first replication's first print ! (by Joris and his FoldaRap #003)
  • 2012/11 : 2nd workshop at Nybicc [26]
  • 2012/11 : 3rd workshop at Lille [27]
  • 2012/11 : 4th workshop at Dakar [28]
  • 2012/12 : 5th workshop at Orléans [29] and first parts produced by a user's machine for the next kits to be delivered :)
  • 2013/01 : another US build ! makehacklearn