**-RS Components and RepRapPro distribution deal brings affordable 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide
**-Availability of low cost self-replicating 3D printer from RS combined with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software provides further boost to rapid prototyping for all engineers. 500 limited edition printers available while stocks last.
RS Components has signed a landmark
distribution agreement with RepRapPro Ltd that will deliver affordable,
open-source, self-replicating 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide. The
completion of the deal coincides with the launch of the RepRapPro Ormerod low
cost 3D printer, which is available first from RS.
3D printing is fast becoming an essential part of the electronic and mechanical
design process. Increasing numbers of companies are beginning to see the
benefits of using this technology to create quick-turn-around prototypes and
save months in the design cycle. Barriers to adoption in the past have been the
cost of hardware and a lack of easy-to-use design software for non-CAD
When used in conjunction with the free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling
software co-developed by RS and SpaceClaim, the Ormerod complete 3D printing kit
will enable design engineers around the world to develop sophisticated concepts
and products very quickly and inexpensively.
The Ormerod is one of the most versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to
expand in functionality, fast to replicate and fast to assemble. The Ormerod
uses the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process to build 3D objects in a range
of plastics and in a variety of colours. This process enables the user to create
almost any shape that can be modelled on a computer, including some that cannot
be produced by traditional manufacturing techniques at all. While the Ormerod is
a monochrome 3D printer that has been configured to work with one type of
plastic at a time, the device is fundamentally designed to work with
three-colour deposition; an upgrade kit is to be made available soon.
In addition, the Ormerod's electronics have been redesigned and now enable
connectivity via a web browser. Its construction is also far simpler compared to
its predecessor, the RepRapPro Mendel, which took two days to put together, on
average; whereas the Ormerod only takes two hours, making it significantly more
accessible to non-engineers. 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.
ThThe RepRapPro Ormerod is shipped as a kit of parts containing all the required
components, ready for assembly. The complete kit includes: all printed parts;
all hardware, including threaded and smooth rods, screws, nuts, washers, belts
and bearings; pre-soldered and programmed electronics; MicroSD card and adapter;
heated PCB build surface; motors; nozzle assembly and extruder drive mechanism;
100m of 1.75mm-diameter PLA (polylactic acid) filament material (approximately
300g); power supply (for EU, UK, US and Australia); and finally, the open-source
software to run the machine, including firmware for the electronics. Other
specifications of the Ormerod include accuracy of 0.1mm, resolution of 0.0125mm,
build speed of 1,800mm per minute and deposition rate of 33cm3 per hour.
"The availability of low cost 3D printing technology with the RepRapPro
Ormerod, combined with the free and intuitive DesignSpark Mechanical and library
of 3D component models from RS, is the dawn of a new era of 3D design and rapid
prototyping that will see it move from a niche group of CAD specialists to a
much wider spectrum of users," said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing
at RS Components. "It is no overstatement to say these are revolutionary
times for engineers, which will massively increase the scope for innovation and
"When I started the whole RepRap project I thought that it stood a chance of
working," said Adrian Bowyer, one of RepRapPro's directors. "By working,
I mean that if you were to put the machine together it would print its own
plastic parts. But I didn't expect there to be scores of RepRap-based companies
all over the world just a few years later, and to be helping to run one myself.
So RepRap also works as a global social and economic phenomenon, as well as an
engineering success. And, of course, we are delighted that a major distributor
like RS sees it the same way."
500 limited edition RS branded Ormerod printers (pictured), complete with
certificate of authenticity numbered one to 500, are available to buy on the RS
website while stocks last. Standard Ormerod printers will be available to
purchase from RS in January direct