I am building a Rapman v3.0.0 Replicating Rapid Prototyper machine from a kit. The basic concept of the reprap is a computer-controlled machine capable of manufacturing most of its own parts. The Rapman 3.0.0 is an adaptation of the Darwin reprap, nearly the same design but built from inexpensive laser-cut sheet-acrylic plastic parts. Before this, I was trying to build my own unique design of reprap but that didn't work out so well.
If you're building one of your own, I have the following tips:
- Don't remove parts from the plastic sheets until you need them.
- Label everything. Get a sharpie pen and wear it out. Anything too small to label, like the piles of tiny spacers in the big main sheet, remove and put in a labelled ziploc baggie.
- Sometimes you need to read ahead in the instructions to find out what mysterious things appearing out of nowhere are. They may not be part of the instructions yet, but are shown to put things in context.
- Read all the instructions for your current step. Some things, you can guess when you see them. Other things you can't, like needing to cut a timing belt into three unequal(and precisely-measured) parts.
- The instructions keep mentioning these 'measuring jigs' but don't tell you what they are until you get to the first step that needs them. They are the two very long plastic bars on one side of the main plastic sheet, parts 10111 and 10087 respectively. 10111 is the one with the screw-measuring slots in its side -- indispensable at all stages.
- File down any flange on the ends of the smooth steel rods. It makes it a lot easier to fit them through holes in plastic sheets and prevents cracking them.
- The motors and switches come with the correct lengths of wire on them already now.
Note: I wasn't keeping any real log of my activities before Oct. 1st and didn't have access to a real camera then either.