Transportation

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Sooner or later you may have to transport your bot, the following tips can help. Don't hesitate to add yours or discuss it on the forum : here :)

The question is simple : How do you carry/ship/pack your RepRap ?

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Tips & tricks

A good trick is to short out the X & Y stepper motors to stop the axes moving. -nophead

In a Crate/box

Crate

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"I always fill the crate with foam. Also on the bottom there is 3 cm foam in which the feet are plugged so the foam sits flush with the horizontal bottom bars." -- Unfold Fab: shipping robots

transporting a Grass Roots Engineering big 3d printer by crate

Pelican case

"I use a Pelican 1620 case for lugging around my makerbot cupcake. The squishy foam inserts seem to do a good job of holding it firmly in place and absorbing most of the rattling movement." -- Andrew Plumb

"My Ultimaker's in a big Pelican case. It flew 4 times without any problems. TSA also wasn't a problem with my US trip. I was planning to make a lighter case, because right now I can't bring a lot of other stuff, because I'm almost over the allowed weight with just the machine it it (both are about 10kg)" -- Erik de Bruijn

Flight case

I dream of having a case for my reprap, equipped with tools, filaments, etc. Just having to open and print.

And someone did it : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:14514

Prusaflightcase.jpg

By Hand

Holding the two upper rod by one hand (for mendel-like design)

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It's a good compromise but slow the walk as you must take care to don't bump it with your knee.

Variation : with a piece of cloth it's a bit easier

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Taking the base with two hand

Maybe one of the safest way to carry it, but rapidly exhausting (the weight is heavier as you lift it).

Tried also with a plate under to let the four feet rest perfectly flat (less risk of un-tightening).

On a luggage

Actually the easiest way I found, resting on the top like a vanity case, and attached with a piece of cloth.

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As a backpack

An idea I imagined if I wanted to transport it on a bike. With two shoulder-strap to carry it like a bag (maybe with some foam to don't hurt your back).

Permanently attaching a RepRap to a case

TeeBot suitcase 3d printer

At least one researcher used a milk crate do double-duty as both a strong case that contains the printer during transportation, and a strong frame material that supports the bits and pieces of the printer during operation: MilkRap.


Case-rap, Case-rap 2.0, and TeeBot#suitcase TeeBot have suitcase-like cases that do double-duty as both a strong case that contains the printer during transportation, and a strong frame material that supports the bits and pieces of the printer during operation.

Is the TOME permanently attached to its case? "The TOME, First Ever Portable, Self-contained 3D Printer – Coming soon for less than $1500" "TOME - Portable 3D Printer"

Further reading

Consider moving the "luggage size limits" section of Bonsai_RepStrap#size_goals to this "transportation" page.