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FoldaRap

Release status: working

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Description a folding reprap
License GPL
Author Emmanuel
Based-on X-carriage-struder
Categories RepRap
CAD Models Github
External Link Flattr, Thingiverse, CubeHero
Foldarap NB 640x360 url.jpgFoldaslot olycase500 4.jpgFoldaslot44.jpgFoldaRap LED-stripe 02.jpg

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

And now several people have build one : FoldaRap_Hall-of-Builds, even some by sourcing themselves the parts : google-maps (the red dots)

Contents

Specifications

  • Printed Parts: 21
  • Non-Printed Parts: 285 (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 = 0,00025 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 standard/cheap 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) or cold-bed ala Ultimaker
  • Low energy consumption (40-110W)
  • Big Blue Power Switch (my favorite 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

Community

R&D

FoldaRap 2.0

FoldaRap 1.0

Huxley size

Mendel size

http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?283,221591

Foldarap-Mendel 00.jpg Something between a big foldarap and a mondrian

  • 5 300mm
  • 7 400mm

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...

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 [44]
  • 2012/10/30 : first replication's first print ! (by Joris and his FoldaRap #003)
  • 2012/11 : 2nd workshop at Nybicc [45]
  • 2012/11 : 3rd workshop at Lille [46]
  • 2012/11 : 4th workshop at Dakar [47]
  • 2012/12 : 5th workshop at Orléans [48] and first parts produced by a user's machine for the next kits to be delivered :)
  • 2013/01 : another US build ! makehacklearn
  • 2013/02 : a Japanese Foldarap
  • 2013/04 : FoldaRap 1.1
  • 2013/04/20 : second crowdfunding campaign
  • 2013/07/09 : campaign end at 445% FoldaRap_Batch2 in progress
  • 2013/07 : [49] Alex B. is making his own FoldaRap (mendel size), first beta builder of this model :)
  • 2013/10/01 : 2nd prototype of FoldaRap 2

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 [50] and [51] 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
  33. Sextoy hacking, from a workshop at the FacLab
  34. Be-3D, une imprimante 3D portable française
  35. Disrupt3d
  36. Reddit
  37. Sarfata's first steps in 3D Printing with a FoldaRap
  38. Ping
  39. Atelier.net
  40. The RepRap project: an open source/open hardware movement for 3D-printing
  41. paperblog
  42. MakerFaire Rome Tour
  43. Good Morning Crowdfunding
  44. France Inter, Bienvenue dans la 3ème dimension
  45. Good Morning Crowdfunding - PDJ
  46. Cerfav
  47. MakeHackFab
  48. Kreizenn-dafar
  49. Formalab
  50. Planète-PME
  51. ITespresso
  52. FrenchWeb
  53. La tête dans le flux : les makers
  54. el diario : Cultura libre y peer production: La era maker
  55. in the Summer edition of Focus, an Italian magazin about science
  56. Il Sole 24 Ore
  57. Maker Faire Rome
  58. Rue 89
  59. Futura-Science maker-faire
  60. REWU 07
  61. Convention APM 2013
  62. Anis asso
  63. birth of the #069 ;-)
  64. Bubu
  65. Xevel
  66. Xevel
  67. F4GRX
  68. marie lombard
  69. 3D Print Show full report
  70. éveillons-nous
  71. RepRap Floss Manual
  72. Poirpom
  73. France 3 Région Lorraine
  74. France 3 édition des régions du Journal National
  75. Management magazine
  76. La Semaine de Metz : Les pionniers d'un monde libre
  77. Mosaik.tv
  78. L'Express
  79. Une Semaine en Lorraine n°54
  80. Management Magazine 217
  81. FabLab Champagneulle
  82. FabLab Lannion
  83. Workshop Chemillé
  84. Workshop Dijon
  85. Républicain Lorrain
  86. Milan Design Week
  87. Lorraine Numérique