Alex Gibson, co-host of the Oxford Jam impressed us all with his RepRap 3d printer controlled by a Raspberry Pi. I hadn’t seen one of these up close and personal before. I’d really like one now, but I have a feeling it requires a large investment in time to build, calibrate and use. Check out the 4 minute video. Most impressive indeed! :)
Alex told us he’d joined the Thames Valley build group, which is a bunch of people who get together to help each other make RepRaps. The reel of poly-lactic acid (PLA) costs about £30 GBP (~$50), weighs a kilo and can make loads of “stuff”. It takes a couple of minutes for the RepRap’s bed to warm up before it can start, then it took about 20 minutes to “print” the minimug. It’s controlled by a Pi, and Alex said it’s quite simple to install the required software on the Pi.
The Oxford Raspberry Jam
The Oxford Raspberry Jam seems to have an abundance of Peters and Alexes. This time three Peters, two Alexes and one Will exhibited. I didn’t get a record of them all, but they are well covered here and here.