RS Components has signed a landmark distribution agreement with RepRapPro Ltd that will deliver affordable, open-source, self-replicating 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide. The completion of the deal coincides with the launch of the RepRapPro Ormerod low cost 3D printer, which is available first from RS.
When used in conjunction with the free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software co-developed by RS and SpaceClaim, the Ormerod complete 3D printing kit will enable design engineers around the world to develop sophisticated concepts and products very quickly and inexpensively. The Ormerod is one of the more versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to expand in functionality, fast to replicate and fast to assemble.
The Ormerod uses the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process to build 3D objects in a range of plastics and in a variety of colors. This process enables the user to create almost any shape that can be modelled on a computer, including some that cannot be produced by traditional manufacturing techniques at all. While the Ormerod is a monochrome 3D printer that has been configured to work with one type of plastic at a time, the device is fundamentally designed to work with three-color deposition; an upgrade kit is to be made available soon.
In addition, the Ormerod’s electronics have been redesigned and now enable connectivity via a web browser. Its construction is also far simpler compared to its predecessor, the RepRapPro Mendel, which took two days to put together, on average; whereas the Ormerod only takes two hours, making it significantly more accessible to non-engineers. All RepRapPro printers are capable of self-replicating their own plastic components. Hardware-only Ormerod kits, without the 3D printed parts, will be available soon for those wanting to use their Ormerod to make Ormerod printers for other people.
The RepRapPro Ormerod is shipped as a kit of parts containing all the required components, ready for assembly. The complete kit includes: all printed parts; all hardware, including threaded and smooth rods, screws, nuts, washers, belts and bearings; pre-soldered and programmed electronics; MicroSD card and adapter; heated PCB build surface; motors; nozzle assembly and extruder drive mechanism; 100m of 1.75mm-diameter PLA (polylactic acid) filament material (approximately 300g); power supply (for EU, UK, US and Australia); and finally, the open- source software to run the machine, including firmware for the electronics. Other specifications of the Ormerod include accuracy of 0.1mm, resolution of 0.0125mm, build speed of 1,800 mm/minute and deposition rate of 33cm3 per hour.
500 limited edition RS branded Ormerod printers, complete with certificate of authenticity numbered one to 500, are available to buy on the RS website while stocks last. Standard Ormerod printers will be available to purchase from RS in January direct from stock.
The S$1,114.65 printer will be delivered in parts to be assembled on arrival, and will come with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software.