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RepRap Morgan Receives $20,000 Gada Prize For Simplifying 3D-Printer 67

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An anonymous reader writes "South African Quentin Harley has picked up the $20,000 Gada Uplift prize for making the open source RepRap 3D printer design easier to build, cheaper to construct, and — most importantly — capable of printing more of its own parts. Lots of background on Harley and his RepRap Morgan are available on his website." A further goal of the RepRap Morgan project is to replace the Prusa Mendel as the default RepRap model. And they are on track to hit less than $100 in parts, excluding the printing bed. You can grab the hardware design and the controller firmware over at Github.

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RepRap Morgan Receives $20,000 Gada Prize For Simplifying 3D-Printer

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is how SkyNet becomes self sufficient. Take me to yuah tonah. Do eet now!

    • by peragrin (659227)

      If the terminators are built of this kind of plastic then I am not afraid. all you have to do is tell your kids there is candy inside and they will be torn to shreds in seconds with no one hurt.

      Seriously we are a long way from being able to do this with metal, or even circuit chips.

      Heck all I want is to be able to do it with various types of rubber and silicone for gaskets, and other simple parts.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Heck all I want is to be able to do it with various types of rubber and silicone for gaskets, and other simple parts.

        You want sex toys. No sense in keeping up the charade.

      • As with all revolutions of this type, it's what we haven't thought of that will be the game changer. Someone, somewhere, will make something incredible using a device like this and then we'll all look back and wonder why the hell we hadn't thought of it ourselves.

      • What about a mimetic poly-alloy. Liquid metal!
  • when machines start building parts to repair themselves fully, it will be akin to humans procreating..
    • by sribe (304414) on Friday July 05, 2013 @07:34PM (#44199799)

      when machines start building parts to repair themselves fully, it will be akin to humans procreating..

      What are you trying to say? That soon 35% of internet traffic will be videos of machines building parts?

      • by chromas (1085949)
        They'll have non-functional, oversized plastic parts added on and will go through the motions without actually building anything—maybe even spurt some molten plastic or caulk here and there.
      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by samsonaod (1794936)

        What are you trying to say? That soon 35% of internet traffic will be videos of machines building parts?

        Videos of machines building machines....... Machine Porn!

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_the_Lifemaker [wikipedia.org]
      "Code of the Lifemaker (ISBN 0-345-30549-3) is a 1983 novel by science fiction author James P. Hogan. NASA's Advance Automation for Space Missions was the direct inspiration for this novel detailing first contact between Earth explorers and the Taloids, clanking replicators who have colonized Saturn's moon Titan."

    • when machines start building parts to repair themselves fully, it will be akin to humans procreating..

      No... that would be regeneration... what you describe is more like the "ability" to crap out a finger or arm.

  • Why does it still take fucking drivers, patches, and voodoo to fucking hook up a regular printer and make it function?

    Shit, I can plug in a VGA 13" or a 42" flat panel and the computer runs that just fine. Printers, I guess, are beyond the average PhD at Microsoft and Apple.

    • Yeah, Microsoft and Apple* make printers... :rolleyes:

      * yes I know they did in the past, but not today.

      I also can't understand why it's so complicated? Isn't PCL [wikipedia.org] supposed to be standard?

      We don't need drivers for keyboard, mouse and some webcams anymore, it's standardized. Why aren't printers and scanners the same way?

      • by slew (2918)

        Isn't PCL [wikipedia.org] supposed to be standard?

        Although many printers support some variants of PCL6, it's actually a HP thing...

        We don't need drivers for keyboard, mouse and some webcams anymore, it's standardized. Why aren't printers and scanners the same way?

        Anytime there are new features involved, it takes a while to shake things down to a standard, sometimes that never happens. For example, you might ask why your IR remote for a TV isn't standardized yet. Fortunatly for most users many "universal" remotes have "drivers" for many of the TVs built-in to do the standard thing (e.g., channel up/down, volume), but of course any new feature can't be controlled with the universal remo

    • P.S.: VGA should have died years ago. We have digital video cards and digital monitors but we're still using analog signals like it's a frickin' TV from 1960.

      • by gl4ss (559668)

        P.S.: VGA should have died years ago. We have digital video cards and digital monitors but we're still using analog signals like it's a frickin' TV from 1960.

        who is? unless your monitor is older than 10 years it's pretty likely you shouldn't be connecting it through vga..

        • by peragrin (659227)

          I am at work right now using VGA. Dell is selling VGA only computers right now.

          I got lucky we ordered mine with dual video outputs to run two monitors. one runs from HDMI to DVI, the other is straight VGA. Talk about a complicated setup with stupid adaptors. but if say thunderbolt were standard then it wouldn't be a problem. but vendors don't like making products better only more money at the products they sell.

        • Well, my graphics card has digital out, and my monitor has digital in, but I still run it with VGA. Why? Because the format of the digital out (DVI) doesn't fit with the format of the digital in (HDMI). Yes, I guess I could pay a premium for an adapter, but hey, why do so if the VGA connection works?

      • What's even more ironic is that inexpensive monitors only have VGA. they would be even less expensive if they had DVI (or HDMI) since they could skip the A/D part. But they want you to buy the more expensive ones for digital inputs.

    • Probably for the exact same reason it still takes fucking drivers and patches and configuration settings to set up a regular video card and make it function?
    • Why does it still take fucking drivers, patches, and voodoo to fucking hook up a regular printer and make it function?

      You don't run Linux do you... your right, it sounds like a nightmare over there in WindowLand.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      Why does it still take fucking drivers, patches, and voodoo to fucking hook up a regular printer and make it function?

      Because printer manufacturers want it to be this way. Although there's also a tone of stuff that's not standardized - e.g., computer-printer communication protocol (e.g., how is a printer supposed to announce its capabilities? Remember that the old parallel interface (emulated by USB) consists of 8 data lines and 5 return status lines. It was assumed back then that printer drivers knew every

  • I tried to put together a B.O.M. @ kitbom.com: http://kitbom.com/WillAdams/reprap-morgan [kitbom.com] and it currently prices out @ $274.26, not including the 3D printed parts and some things we've not found good sources for.

    Also, free software for 3D CAD/CAM still needs a lot of work --- I've listed everything I could find here:

    http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAD [shapeoko.com]
    http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAM [shapeoko.com]

    and people still over-whelmingly choose commercial software:

    3D CAD 9/15 --- http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/view [shapeoko.com]

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      pretty much everyone uses eitehr slic3r or skeinforge as the CAM portion of the sw for reprap/oss home 3d printing.
      you might shave off 10-15 bucks by going j-head for the hot end.

      also, are you missing the atmega for the electronics? you need that in addition to the shield.

      btw some of the parts are available through dealextreme nowadays.. like the ramps shield, atmega, stepsticks..

  • A Delta-based printer: http://reprap.org/wiki/Simpson [reprap.org]

    I'd really like to see the best of both worlds (the Simpson build instructions are quite nice, while Morgan's is a wall of text...)

  • Awesome! But how does it print the part you need if it is broken and you need that part to make it work?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Two options:

      1. Pre-emptive printing of spare parts;
      2. Ask a friend to print it on his RepRap, and buy him a beer;

      Woosh, right? :)

    • by lxs (131946)

      Some parts like gears are best printed in advance, the less critical parts can be held together with tape and glue for the duration of the replacement print.

  • This is a great and worthy project especially since 3d printing is turning into a complete ripoff/get rich quick business everywhere else.

    There are 3d printer projects popping up on kickstarter every day that never deliver, sites are selling power resistors for $5 ($0.7 on digikey), $100 hotends that don't work, printers that cost at most a couple hundred dollars to manufacture are sold for multiple thousands. And we thought Apple's markup was outrageous...

    The reprap core team has to correct course.
  • Why does it still take fucking drivers, patches, and voodoo to fucking hook up a regular printer and make it function? Shit, I can plug in a VGA 13" or a 42" flat panel and the computer runs that just fine. Printers, I guess, are beyond the average PhD at Microsoft and Apple.http://bastcomputer.blogspot.com/ [slashdot.org]">please visit it

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