RepRap is humanity’s first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine.
RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself – a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that – if you’ve got a RepRap – you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another
RepRap for a friend…
RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. We are using 3D printing to do this, but if you have other technologies that can copy themselves and that can be made freely available to all, then this is the place for you too.
Reprap.org is a community project, which means you are welcome to edit most pages on this site, or better yet, create new pages of your own. Our community portal and New Development pages have more information on how to get involved. Use the links below and on the left to explore the site contents. You’ll find some content translated into other languages.
RepRap was the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and the RepRap Project started the open-source 3D printer revolution. It has become the most widely-used 3D printer among the global members of the Maker Community.
The aim of the OpenRISC project is to create free and open source computing platforms.
The project strives to provide:
▪ a free, open source RISC architecture with DSP features
▪ a set of free, open source implementations of the architecture
▪ a complete set of free, open source software development tools, libraries, operating systems and applications
He words on OpenRISC project where he develops CPU implementations and low-level software. Open cores here.
If humanity is to become a space-faring society, these key tenants will be the center of every program. While there will always be some risk inherent to spaceflight, our commitment to safety means that every effort shall be made to ensure there are non-catastrophic failure modes designed into every system. This is critical if the public and private sectors will eventually become involved.
Becoming routine specifically refers to the technological limits of the design accommodating the increased flight tempo of up to a flight per week, thus driving the corresponding increase in economy. It also refers to the intensity of operational procedures being able to support this increased level of activity as well.
To us, a reliable system demonstrates that there is adequate margin in both the technical design of the systems and in the procedural maturity used throughout operations. If we say we’re going to fly every one to three weeks, then a reliable system will achieve it. We believe the goal of sustained access to space has been left to the non-profit sector. The economic and political conditions of the past decades have prohibited both public and private enterprise from attempting this for several reasons.
DropBot is built around an Arduino-based instrument and is controlled by a custom software interface called Microdrop. Users can activate/deactivate electrodes on the DMF device by clicking their mouse on the webcam video overlay, providing an intuitive interface with real-time visual feedback. Sequences of actuation steps can be pre-programmed and run automatically, enabling fully automated operation. The system is designed as a loosely-coupled set of modules, which means that it is relatively easy to extend the hardware and/or software capabilities.
All components are open-source, subject to theGPL (software code) or Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence (hardware designs).
In the spirit of knowledge sharing and dissemination, the CERN Open Hardware Licence (CERN OHL) governs the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products.
The CERN–OHL is to hardware what the General Public Licence (GPL) is to software. It defines the conditions under which a licensee will be able to use or modify the licensed material. The concept of ‘open-source hardware’ or ‘open hardware’ is not yet as well known or widespread as the free software or open-source software concept. However, it shares the same principles: anyone should be able to see the source (the design documentation in case of hardware), study it, modify it and share it.
In addition, if modifications are made and distributed, it must be under the same licence conditions – this is the ‘persistent’ nature of the licence, which ensures that the whole community will continue benefiting from improvements, in the sense that everyone will in turn be able to make modifications to these improvements.
The CERN Open Hardware Licence was originally written for CERN designs hosted in the Open Hardware Repository. It can also be used by any designer wishing to share design information using a licence compliant with the OSHW definition criteria.
Adafruit will be at the Open Hardware Summit — September 6, 2013. Becky Stern, Director of Wearable Electronics will be speaking – Wearables at the intersection of electronics and craft. Adafruit is sponsor and supporter of the Open source hardware association and the Open Hardware summit.
7:45 Doors Open. Registration. Poster and Demo Set-up.
9:00 Opening Remarks: Addie Wagenknecht, Open Hardware Summit Chair
9:10 Keynote Eben Moglen
9:35 Democratizing Knowledge and Collective Innovations Plenary Session
12:30 Lunch. Poster and Demo area open
1:30 Innovation and Revolution Plenary Session
3:10 Open Ecologies Plenary Session
4:45 Panel: Open Source Business: Forking and Attribution + Audience Q&A
6:00 Closing Remarks: Addie Wagenknecht, Open Hardware Summit Chair
6:15 Social hour(s), with Demos and Posters open + food, desserts and drinks
In June, the USPTO solicited proposals for voluntary best practices supporting intellectual property enforcement, especially against infringement that occurs online. It received 23 responses from individuals and organizations, including Google, the EFF, and the MPAA and RIAA. On Wednesday they were posted to the USPTO web site.
Heavy reading, interesting to see what companies are saying.
OpenDesk is a collection of simple furniture, designed to be cut by a CNC machine. Download and print it yourself or have it made for you by a local maker.
OpenDesk is about local making. What’s available to you — what you can make and what you can have made — depends on where you are and how much you want to get involved in the making process.
All the OpenDesk designs are available as digital downloads. These digital files are fed into a CNC machine, which produces raw sawn pieces of wood. These are finished by hand, a process that can involve oiling, sanding, polishing and small parts. The finished pieces can then be assembled by hand on location.
How much of this process you want to do is entirely up to you. If you’re a professional maker with, or with access to, materials and a CNC machine, you can download and make the product from scratch yourself. If you’re comfortable working with raw wood and have the necessary equipment and small parts (like glue and screws of castors), you can buy OpenDesks in “Sawn” form and finish them yourself.
If you’re not a carpenter but you can assemble furniture yourself, you can buy “Flatpack”, IKEA style. This means that the wood has been fully finished (oiled, sanded, polished, etc.) and packaged up with any necessary parts and instructions. Alternatively, if you’re not comfortable assembling or if it all just sounds like too much work, you can simply buy “Assembled” and sit back and have a professional maker do everything for you.
The more work you do, the lower the cost will be. Plus, in many areas, you may be forced to buy flat-packed or arrange the making yourself if we haven’t yet found makers who can deliver or assemble to your location.
However you get involved, we’d love to hear back from you, so do get in touch. OpenDesk is a labour of love for us. We’re very happy to help and would love to improve the designs and process in response to your feedback.
Welcome to the local making revolution — and good luck!
The stent pictured above is an example of an Open Stent from NDC, makers of nitinol materials and devices, particularly for medical applications. In their introduction to the project, they write:
The first problem that we encounter when developing useful and practical educational resources for stent design is that every design we might want to use as an example is proprietary! That leaves us without much to talk about… So to solve this problem, the first step was to create a design to use as an example. The Open Stent is designed to be completely generic, but also realistic, and relatively easy to modify and extend to be useful for whatever purpose a designer intends.
In addition to publishing their draft of Open Stent Design, which they call “a practical guide and resource for design and analysis of a generic Nitinol stent,” NDC has provided extensive calculation tools and CAD files as well, to help others evaluate and create derivatives of the design.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of open source software. But how about open source furniture? Japanese design firm NOSIGNER abides by the ethos of a sharing culture, uploading the office furniture plans they designed for others to download and share or remix as they please. Plans include the desk, shelving, lighting and flooring system found inside Mozilla Japan’s new office…
Check out this call for young inventors sent over by our friends at littleBits!
We’re looking for three inventors (aged 8-12) to be a part of something not so little!
littleBits will be filming a 3-episode web-series, filled with fun challenges and exploration. Each child will have the chance to invent, create and experiment with the new littleBits kits, BEFORE THEY ARE RELEASED.
littleBits is an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning and fun. You can find more information about us on: www.littlebits.cc/about
The show will be hosted by none other than the founder of littleBits, Ayah Bdeir.
3 littleInventors, taking on 3 fun challenges, to make 3 awesome inventions.
The participants will be part of a trailblazing experience! And at the end of the experience, participants will get to take home a littleBits library valued at over $500!
If you and your child live in the tri-state area and would like to participate in the littleBits web-series (filming a few select days in August), send us an email at: email@example.com
Testimony of Nathan Seidle
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SparkFun Electronics
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
U.S. House of Representatives
“Innovation in America: The Role of Technology”
This is really good, nice work. Ustream broadcast live now (the embed did not work, here’s a direct link).