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Saturday, 17 March 2012

RepRap back on track

After about 17 months of absence I decided to get this project back on track.

This was inspired partly by the recognition that I have been spending way too much time working and way too little time on my hobbies, and partly by a revival of interest due to the recent launch of the Raspberry PI. This device is right up my street, having cut my teeth on a ZX Spectrum back in the 80's. I immediately thought that this might tie in with the RepRap, and so did others as I saw RepRap mentioned a number of times in the news articles and forums.

Well, back to the RepRap. As those of you who have been following (or have read my older posts) will know, I have been building a Mendel using Techzone Remix Gen 3 electronics. The failure to get these electronics working properly being the subject of my last post and part of the reason the project stalled.

On re-investigating and knowing that I wanted a heated bed, I contacted "Think3dPrint3D" on eMakerShop (ironically, Jean-Marc of eMakerShop has previously bought some stuff from me) about his heat bed PCB last weekend as I wanted to buy within the UK. He said he was getting some in, and during the ensuing conversation I mentioned that I needed better electronics. This resulted in me purchasing a Sanguinololu v1.3a kit from him (assembled and tested). I figured, there was no point in wasting time trying to figure it out when he already has.

In the interim I decided to also look out for the other bits still giving me grief, namely the nozzle and Hobbed bolt. I ended up ordering both these from "ParCan".

Next steps are to figure out where I am at and start moving things forward. I will post these are separate blogs in order to not have too much in.

Final note for today is that I started by removing the TechZone electronics from my Mendel frame. I will keep them and still try to get them working sometime as I thought it would be a good donation to my brother down in South Africa who I would like to get setup to print as well.

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