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3D printing goes mainstream with £500 Ormerod kit

RS Ormerod 3D printerI must admit the omni-present enthusiasm for 3D printing passes me by. I understand it can be very useful, and that it represents a new advance for automation, but we are talking about plastic moulding. Essentially, enclosures on streroids!

That said, I must flag this one for Gadget Master attention, which sees 3D printers moving mainstream…

RS Components, writes Richard Wilson,  is offering a low cost 3D printer from Bristol-based supplier RepRapPro which can be used in conjunction with the free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software co-developed by RS and SpaceClaim.

The Ormerod 3D printing kit, which costs £500, uses the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process to build 3D objects in a range of plastics and in a variety of colours.

“Ormerod is a monochrome 3D printer that has been configured to work with one type of plastic at a time, but three-colour deposition will soon be available with an upgrade kit.”

All RepRapPro printers are capable of self-replicating their own plastic components. Hardware-only Ormerod kits, without the 3D printed parts, will be available soon for those wanting to use their Ormerod to make Ormerod printers for other people.

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2 Comments

  1. Michael Butler
    December 06, 2013 11:55

    Could you please specify why this product qualifies as the one
    “which sees 3D printing moving mainstream”?

  2. December 16, 2013 16:46

    £500, and free modelling software? Please do share if there’s a cheaper option, Michael.