Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The First Blog I've Ever Posted In My Life!

I've been working on a repstrap machine ever since the first reprap blogs appeared and now feel that I've gotten enough momentum to actually blog about it myself.

My progress has been slow due to the dual difficulty of funds and materials, regardless I've managed to get McWire to at least do the initial motions and IF my BitsFromBytes extrude head ever arrives and IF I can get a decent download of 0.7ReprapDVD (bitTorrent has never worked for me) I could be reprapping till GM is profitable again.

Here are some views of what I've done so far.
This is a good view of the Cartesian Bot so far. This is shown without the electronics. Unlike the Darwin machine this machine moves the XY platform and lifts the Z for printing, much like a CNC milling machine.

This is the front of the McWire made using parts from Home Depot and misc. hardware stores. I've also built and added the boards from Reprap Research Foundation, Thanks Zach!


Larry_P said...


FYI, I found your blog via a link on nophead's hydraraptor blog. Its interesting to see somebody else using non-shop furniture for workshop purposes (he said, typing on his diningroom table, amid various hand tools and reprap extruder parts.) Best of luck to you in your reprapping -- and Happy New Year!

-- Larry

stmaus said...

Actually my shop is such a mess that to photograph the machine among the chaos would have made it impossible to see.