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Portable reprap discussion.

Posted by cheaptrick2 
Portable reprap discussion.
March 29, 2015 11:31PM
Hello there! I have recently gotten involved with the 3D printing movement, and since building a successfully functioning Prusa i3, I am thinking about obtaining a portable-esk reprap either by kit, or by self-sourcing. I have looked over a few 3D printers that would either fold, easily disassemble, or carry around nicely that would be great for what I am looking for. My price range goes up to about 350$ Some repraps like the foldarap, teacup, and tantilus have caught my eye, however I have been also looking over the printrbot selection aswell. The simple makers kit seems to be nice, where it is small and at my price range. However, it may be difficult to disassemble the needed parts, and than reassemble them in a short enough period of time. I have thought about self-sourcing a printrbot jr, as their printing beds seems to be able to fold up. Does anyone have any other ideas? Has anyone either tried self-sourcing these printers, or lugging them around? What do you guys think? Thank you for helping me with a portable reprap dilemma. Have a great day!
Re: Portable reprap discussion.
March 31, 2015 02:40AM
Another idea: [reprap.org]

I'm currently sourcing this machine smiling smiley . There isn't many documentation about it, but I work with the pictures and the Mendel90 Bill Of Material. If you already build an i3, you may be able to build such a printer (if you like it).


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Re: Portable reprap discussion.
March 31, 2015 01:11PM
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kimented_
Another idea: [reprap.org]

I'm currently sourcing this machine smiling smiley . There isn't many documentation about it, but I work with the pictures and the Mendel90 Bill Of Material. If you already build an i3, you may be able to build such a printer (if you like it).

Good idea! I have not seen this concept before. I will definitely consider it.

Has anyone here built/own their own foldarap? It looks like an interesting project, along with the original portabee.
Re: Portable reprap discussion.
April 04, 2015 07:48PM
Bump please.

Does anyone have any more suggestions?
Re: Portable reprap discussion.
April 05, 2015 06:45AM
I can cart my prusa i2 around in the back of the car without damage and not having to do much setup when i get to my destination.
I secure the bed with some velcro straps to stop it moving about.
Would be more convenient in a box.

But most printers if built properly are fairly robust and at the most would need fixing to some kind of base board then lock the moving parts in position for transit.
I have been considering puting my i2 on a base then building a transit box up around it that can be removed or used to shield it from cold drafts. As usually where your going to be printing the conditions arnt as controlled as at home.

However if i needed to move around more without a vehicle that wooden case based one is a very clever design.
I liked it the first time i saw it on hackaday months ago.

Gordon.
Re: Portable reprap discussion.
April 05, 2015 02:18PM
Good idea! I do like the durability of the i2. Good suggestion. Right now I am hauling my i3 to Chicago in a storage bin. Not very stable..
Re: Portable reprap discussion.
April 05, 2015 03:10PM
Delta printers such as the Mini Kossel are reasonably transportable. The rigid frame that encloses almost everything and the fixed bed help.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/05/2015 03:11PM by dc42.


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Re: Portable reprap discussion.
April 05, 2015 03:21PM
When I designed my SCARA printer, portability was at the top of the list of features. There is a thread in the Polar bots forum with lots of pictures. I'm in the process of designing and building another that is smaller and lighter.


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Re: Portable reprap discussion.
April 05, 2015 10:26PM
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dc42
Delta printers such as the Mini Kossel are reasonably transportable. The rigid frame that encloses almost everything and the fixed bed help.

Okay, thanks for the input!

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Evil Monkey
When I designed my SCARA printer, portability was at the top of the list of features. There is a thread in the Polar bots forum with lots of pictures. I'm in the process of designing and building another that is smaller and lighter.

I have yet to look into scara arm 3d printers. It is a good idea though. I like the scara you are working on! I imagine that the bed folds into the casing. It looks like a cool idea. I am not too familiar with them, though.
Re: Portable reprap discussion.
June 15, 2018 12:46AM
Here is another take on the "suit case" style portable printer.

I love Ben Heck smiling smiley

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