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2.1 - Instead of replicating the threaded rods, could we re-design around them?

As discussed in class we could make a solenoid; however, I think so much precision of the machine is used from threaded rods in the motors that replicating them with another printer would affect how accurate the printer will be.

2.2 - Does having access to a printer like this make you feel more enabled?

Yes it does, I feel that with the use of this it will allow many easier operations being able to be done with a 3d printer instead of milling metal or other methods of manufacturing.

2.3 - Have you considered the extruder as an application? We can create other 'apps' in it's place, with little modification. Does that give you any other good ideas?

I have not, I think that would be a good idea. We could use pencils, stencils, or other things to make the REPRAP machine more usuable. For instance, growth of DNA as discussed in the movie presented in class.

1 - Why can't you use a plastic washer?

You cannot use a plastic washer to replace a metal one. The properties of the washer would decrease drastically, and if was used for tightening a metal nut, it would dig right into the washer. There could be for a plastic washer, but it looked as if they copied a metal washer, for prototyping purposes of a metal washer.