Second-generation 3D “self-replicating” printer, in distribution

September 18, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
RS Components now has the second-generation of the RepRapPro Ormerod, which it says brings affordable 3D printing technology to engineers ranging from hobbyists to large companies.

RS positions itself as providing a unique offering that brings together all the elements that engineers need to bring a product from initial concept to prototype stage, with free design software for PCB, and for 3D mechanical structures (including, cases and enclosures); plus a range of development platforms; and single- or low-volume ordering of all parts. As part of that range, RS says it is the first source of a complete kit to build new Ormerod 2 low-cost self-replicating 3D printer. Open-source hardware design means easier assembly and performance improvements; when combined with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software it provides, “a further boost to rapid prototyping.”

The new version of the RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer offers versatility and functionality in an easy-to-assemble kit of parts. 3D printing enables electronic and mechanical engineers to quickly and easily realise early design concepts by creating fast-turnaround prototypes, potentially saving months in the product design cycle.

The RepRapPro Ormerod 2 is a single-colour low-cost 3D printing machine that is a full open-source and self-replicating and is one of the most versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to expand in functionality, fast to replicate and fast to assemble. All the RepRapPro printers, including previous machines such as the Ormerod and Mendel, are capable of self-replicating their own plastic components.