RepRap Distribution Files
When you download the RepRap distribution from Sourceforge here you will get a file called reprap-nnnnnn-yyyymmdd.zip. The nnnnnn is the name of the current RepRap machine ("mendel" at the time of writing), and yyyymmdd is the date of the release. When you unzip that file it will create a directory called reprap-nnnnnn-yyyymmdd. This page tells you what's in that directory.
See Installing RepRap on your computer for installation instructions.
Licences and README
There are three files in the directory for these:
LICENSE README README.txt
The README.txt is the same as README; it's just there because Windows likes to have file extensions to hold its hand when it's deciding what to do with things. These three files are pretty self-explanatory.
Programs you run
There are two of these, one for Linux and one for Windows:
These are both scripts. When reprap is run on Linux, and when reprap.bat is run on Windows, they configure the computer correctly then run the RepRap host software that allows you to build things in your RepRap machine.
That host software needs some data files. These are:
reprap-icon.png reprap-wv.stl reprap.properties.dist rr-logo-green-url.png
The reprap-icon.png file contains the RepRap teardrop.
The reprap-wv.stl contains a model of the RepRap machine's build platform that the host software displays in 3D for you to load parts for building onto.
The reprap.properties.dist file contains the default parameters for the RepRap machine. Those are described in detail here. When you run the RepRap software it creates you a local copy of this file that you can edit, whilst preserving the original. In this way you can have your own versions of the many parameters for the machine. These will be preserved when you download new versions of the software. But you can move to the default versions at any time.
The rr-logo-green-url.png file contains another version of the logo that the software uses in its main control window.
The RepRap source files
All the designs for the RepRap machine's mechanics are in a directory:
The electronics designs are in
The source files for the Java RepRap host software together with the firmware that resides in the machine's microcontrollers are in the directory:
You may want to move those directories elsewhere on your computer for ease of access. If you want to check for updates that have been made since the distribution was created, the latest versions of all these files is here. But be careful: those files may still be in development.
As above, if you want to check for updates that have been made since the distribution was created, the latest versions of all these files is here. But be careful: those files may still be in development.
These are the files that you need to run RepRap on your computer. The main one is:
This is the actual RepRap Java program. There is then a bunch of Java libraries that RepRap needs:
RXTXcomm.jar j3d-org-java3d-all.jar j3dcore.jar j3dutils.jar swing-layout-1.0.3.jar vecmath.jar
There are also Linux-specific library files:
libj3dcore-ogl-cg.so libj3dcore-ogl.so librxtxParallel.so librxtxSerial.so
And Windows-specific library files:
j3dcore-d3d.dll j3dcore-ogl-cg.dll j3dcore-ogl-chk.dll j3dcore-ogl.dll rxtxParallel.dll rxtxSerial.dll