Monday, May 30, 2011


Waiting is the hardest part. I've been in contact with Makergear, and my kit is being prepared for shipment but will probably take another week or two before it gets into my hands. Oh well, I've been passing the time reading up on the various software packages. I've been looking into firmware packages for the RAMPS controller and think that the Sprinter firmware looks pretty promising. I think it can be driven by Repsnapper, one more thing to track down.

I also dug up the Solidworks model of the Prusa Mendel. It's really useful to be able to rotate the model around and see exactly how the different parts fit together. It is especially good for the extruder parts.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Here is the process for creating new parts to print as I see it
(this was longer but I lost it due to a restart forced by the installation of Deamon tools-boo)
1. Create a 3d model using a CAD program (Solidworks, openscad, AoI, google sktchup, etc)
2. Export the 3d model as an STL file.
3. Skein (skane), the STL using a program like skeinforge or repsnapper to create the G-Code that will drive the printer

4. Load the G-Code to the printer using Repsnapper and print away

It seems like most of the parameters for controlling the quality of the print are managed through the skeining software.

Parts ordered!

I've been waiting for Maker Faire to get some more experience with 3d printers and talk to people that make and use them. Today was the last thing I was waiting for to bite the bullet and actually dive into this hobby.

I bought my kit from and we'll see how long it takes to get here, estimate is 2-3 weeks currently.

Maker Faire

Went to Maker Faire today to check out some of the reprap projects on display. Found a lot of cool stuff going on, and managed to see examples of Makerbots, Fab@Home, Rapman, and countless Mendels and Huxleys. I was totally impressed with the quality of the printed parts on display.
 Lasercut kit from <>
Printed Huxley from techzone

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hello world...

Here goes nothing! I am planning on building a Prusa Mendel Reprap and will use this blog to document my progress and hopefully help others avoid the same mistakes that I make.