Once you get a RepRap 3D printer up and running, what is the first thing you print??? Another printer of course! It’s been a few weeks since getting my printer up and running. I’ve learned a lot during this process but I have yet to solve the worlds problems. In the past week I have undoughtably printed over a KG of plastic. The first week was filled with wrestles nights as I would constantly wake up wondering if the job had failed and not be able to fall back asleep until I actually got up to check on it. I thought about putting a webcam in my office so that I would take a peek without actually getting up. My wife laughed and even told me I check on it more than I checked on the kids when they were young. She then labelled it as “my baby”.
Well, my “baby” just had a “baby girl!”. After hours of printing a complete set of parts we have a new addition to the family. Officially named RepRap #2 she is primarily printed in Pink ABS plastic. She was born on April 11th at 9:42 pm and weighs…. LOL Most impressive of this new printer is the fact that our 9 year old son completed about 50% of the assembly process. I took over when he lost interest getting the electronics wired up and I grew impatient looking at it sitting on the desk all lonesome like. I think he probably would have eventually completed the wiring (although I would have nit picked the end results) but it was the extruder which was the most complicated.
Her first print was a bath tub toy (Boat). It’s funny how quickly you can get a child to agree to a bath when they get to watch their toy print out right in front of them! RepRap #2 printed flawlessly on the very first try. In fact, she prints even better than her parent! I guess it really pays to be meticulous when assembling these things. This time I wasn’t in a rush and worked at it a bit here and there which led to more time and certainly a little more patience.
All in all this project is going great!