RAMPing Up for My Prusa Mendel

The single greatest fear holding me back from completing my Prusa Mendel was the ELECTRONICS.  I did my research, hit the RepRap IRC (chat room) night after night, and read like mad on the WIKI, ad nausea.  Even after carefully plotting my course, the fear persisted....

Meetup #3: My Bot Gives Birth!

We are now living up to our Meetup name: RepRap / MakerBot Builders in Northern California!! We had 2 Prusa Mendel frames being built, one RAMPS kits all soldered up and assembled, and a MakerBot Cupcake printing parts.  I brought my Clonedel parts and molds, but they...

$14000 3D Printer Takes on My $700 MakerBot

[smooth=id:7] I took a SolidWorks class and when I walked in, I met my first professional 3D Printer.  They told me it was $14000.  Mine was $700 and the Prusa Mendel I am building is in the $600 range (a guess at this point).  So my first question was “Is this...

Building Blocks

[smooth=id:6] When I started dreaming of things I could make, I quickly ran into the limitations of the Makerbot Cupcake’s small build platform.  I needed a way to make bigger parts, to span longer lengths.  So borrowing from other projects I saw on Thingiverse,...

Replicating Demo

During our last NorCal RepRap Builders Meetup, I did a quick demo of how quickly you can replicate something you have in the room – right now. We chose a small bottle opener that was on a friend’s...

The Clone War

Prints and the Clonedels  (great name for a band) [smooth=id:5;]I was initially discouraged when the Clonedel parts arrived.  They looked messy and poorly made.  My displeasure faded a bit after I cleaned up a few parts.  But after a couple hours of cleaning parts, I...