IN THIS CHAPTER
Evaluating your needs
Selecting a design
Choosing print materials
Identifying key components and software
RepRap is a wonderful machine that can replicate itself. It’s an inexpensive 3D printer that can reproduce many of its own components. If you decide that building your own 3D printer is something you want to do, then RepRap is a great place to start. Over the course of the next few chapters, we show you how to select and then build your own RepRap 3D printer.
The first step in making your own RepRap 3D printer is selecting a design. For anyone new to the wonderful world of self-manufacturing, this step can be one of the hardest. The RepRap family of 3D printers has hundreds of machines and many bewildering variations on designs, so where do you start, and what’s the best design for you?
In this chapter, we first explore available RepRap 3D printers so you can attempt to work out what machine design is right for you.
We also explore the materials you can use in a home 3D printer and discuss the parts of a 3D printer, ...