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3D printing goes mainstream with £500 Ormerod kit
I 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.
Tags: 3D printing