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RepRapPro launches a $300 Delta 3D printer

The Fisher Delta 3D printer is an easy-to-assemble and even easier-to-afford machine for Makers of any level.

Safe to say that the adoption of 3D printing will rely heavily upon both affordability and accessibility to Makers. And one of the companies continuing to lead the way is RepRapPro, who has debuted yet another open source machine for the DIY community. Recently unveiled during 3D Printshow London, Fisher is an easy-to-assemble, Delta style 3D printer that is expected to cost around $300 — quite the wallet-friendly price compared to many other devices on the market today.


“In order to achieve the low price, a Delta configuration was chosen, utilizing mainly parts and processes which can be found in our other RepRap kits,” its team revels. “Although in this configuration the machine lacks a heated bed, many great features are included, such as an automatic bed probing and new compact all metal hot-end, which all combine to give the same great print quality as all our other RepRap 3D printer designs.”

One of its other notable features is RepRapPro’s Arduino-compatible, 32-bit controller. Based on an Atmel | SMART SAM3X8E Cortex-M3 MCU, the Duet board is equipped with four stepper motor controllers, an SD card slot, as well as USB and Ethernet ports. Makers can drive the platform with a conventional RepRap app like Pronterface or command the platform via a standard web server. What’s more, an expansion board offers an additional four stepper motor controllers, allowing for a total of five extruders and up to eight axis controls.


Key specs of the Fisher:

  • Build volume: 150mm diameter, 180mm height
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Resolution: 12.5um in all axes
  • Print bed: Removable
  • Extruder: Direct drive extruder with an all-metal stainless steel nozzle
  • Connectivity: Ethernet and USB interface
  • Storage: On-board microSD
  • Software: Prints G-code files provided by Slic3r and other open-source slicing programs

At the moment, the design is in its beta stage, as the team gathers feedback from end users throughout the open source community. Meanwhile, upgrades are already in the works which include a heated bed and color touchscreen kits. Interested? Head over to its official page here.

Rewind: A look back at some of the notable 3D printers from 2014

Evident by the countless number of new releases and the sheer volume of devices throughout Maker Faire’s 3D Printing Village, 2014 was certainly quite the year for 3D printers — and it’s only getting bigger. In fact, recent Gartner reports suggest worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 217,350 units in 2015 — up from 108,151 in 2014. These shipments are expected to more than double every year between now and 2018, by which time units are projected to surpass 2.3 million. As a result, the market once valued at $1.15 billion will rise to an astonishing $4.8 billion in 2019, with consumer demand fueling the charge.

With the year just about over, we thought we’d highlight some of the next-gen machines that grabbed our attention over the past 12 months. As we look ahead, the future appears brighter than ever, which leaves us excited to see what 2015 has in store.

So without further ado, here’s a look at some of our favorite printers from 2014…

Arduino Materia 101


Earlier this fall, Massimo Banzi announced the launch of the company’s first 3D printer, the Arduino Materia 101. The device, which is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) and a RAMPS 1.4 shield, is currently available for pre-order.

Sintratec SLS Printer


Based on the Atmel ATSAM3X8E MCU, the Swiss startup has taken to Indiegogo to unveil the world’s first desktop laser sintering 3D printer.

Dremel 3D Idea Builder


Announced back at MakerCon 2014, this ARM Cortex-M4 powered machine is certainly aimed at the mass market, catering to experienced Makers and novices alike. Capable of creating models of just about anything, the printer is equipped with its own on-board software, a color touchscreen, and can function as either a standalone device or connected to a computer. The toolmaker’s printer recently went on sale at Home Depot and Amazon.

gCreate gMax 1.5


After last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign for its large and versatile 3D printer, the gMax, gCreate has returned with a pair of upgraded systems: the gMax 1.5 and gMax 1.5 XT. Like the original, each of the printers are powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) along with a RAMPS 1.4 shield.

RepRapPro Huxley Duo


RepRapPro has debuted its newest Atmel | SMART SAM3X8E Cortex-M3 based 3D printer kit, which is the offspring of its successful predecessor, the Huxley.

CEL Robox


The team over at CEL previously introduced its newest desktop 3D printer and micro-manufacturing platform, Robox. After having the chance to see the Atmel | SMART MCU based device at Electronica 2014, its creators may be right, Robox may very well “demystify” the 3D printing process.

Bad Devices’ BadPrinter 2


Italy-based Bad Devices launched its latest 3D printer, the BadPrinter 2 — which is based on an ATmega2560 MCU. We had the pleasure of checking it out back at Maker Faire Rome, and certainly look forward to what the team has in store for 2015.

Printrbot Simple Metal


Printrbot’s first all-metal 3D printer immediately caught the attention of Makers following its debut earlier this year. Powered by an AT90USB1286, the machine certainly stands out from the pack with its metal construction and GT2 belt pulley system. The device was even named one to watch in 2015 by MAKE: Magazine!



After a successful Indiegogo campaign last year for its all-in-one, low-cost desktop personal fabrication device, FABtotum began shipping earlier this fall. The printer’s main board is powered by an ATmega1280 while an ATmega8 lies within its hybrid head. With a 210x240x240 mm build area, and a 24% print-to-printer size ratio, the FABtotum is already a solid choice when picking out a high-end printer. Heck, even Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi called it “undoubtedly the coolest 3D printer at Maker Faire New York.”

SnowWhite by Sharebot


The Italy-based 3D printing company has expanded upon its popular FFF machines and Arduino partnership to SLS powder printers with the SnowWhite that is expected to launch early next year. Compared to the FDM, its creators say that the printer will use a system of thermoplastic powders that, starting from a digital file in CAD, creates 3D objects thanks to the sintering and fusing of a thin layer of polymer powder at a time. Oh, and the price tag will only be about $25,000.

Yvo de Haas’ Plan B


Designed by 22-year-old Maker Yvo de Haas, Plan B is an open-source platform driven by an ATmega 2560. Unlike other 3D printers on the market today, this device works just like a desktop printer. The process is similar to the SLS process, but instead of using a laser to sinter the material, an inkjet printing head deposits a liquid binder onto a layer of gypsum powder.

LulzBot TAZ 4 


The open-source printer, which was named MAKE: Magazine’s “Most Maker Machine” for 2014, is an extremely versatile device designed to bring DIYers’ wildest ideas to life. With more consistent, higher quality prints than ever before, TAZ 4 is designed with a series of plug-and-play features ranging from a dual-extruder mount to the ability to print two different colors or materials at the same time.

3&Dbot by PUC-Rio


A team of Makers has created the world’s first autonomous 3D printing robot named 3&Dbot. Tethered to a base with four omni wheels, the entire printer itself can move to and fro in any direction — dependent upon the print data it is fed. After extensive research and development, the group of visionaries at PUC-Rio decided to embed an [Atmel basedArduino board with wireless communication built in to its body. We’d say 3D printing is on quite a roll! Perhaps, the start of a new trend?

Hardcotton’s Elemental


Designed by the crew at Australia-based startup Hardcotton, Elemental is the world’s first pressure controlled stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. Powered by an Atmel | SMART ATSAM3X8E Cortex-M3 MCU, the device is destined to become one of the latest and greatest innovations in the consumer space with its unique spin on 3D printing.

Makeblock Constructor I


Shenzhen-based company Makeblock, known throughout the DIY community for their mechanical parts and electronics modules, recently released a 400-piece DIY 3D printer kit. Inspired by the demands of the RepRap open-source community, the Makeblock Constructor I is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560).

Smart Box by SmartBox Lab


Based on an ATmega1284P MCU, SmartBox is a low-cost 3D printer boasting a rather large building space and an LCD screen, which is just as easy to afford as it is to use. The machine was successfully funded on Kickstarter, garnering well over its initial $6,000 goal.

Sculptify David 


Created by Columbus, Ohio-based Todd Linthicum and Slade Simpson, David aspires to provide Makers the ability to use a variety of materials for their 3D-printed projects right out of the box.



Part 3D printer, part CNC router, all powered by an Arduino Mega (ATmega2560).

M-One by MakeX


M-One is described by its creators as a “personal desktop factory” for Makers, designers, artists and engineers. Since its debut in June, the open source DLP 3D printer attained 134 backers and over $180,000 in funds, exceeding its initial $100,000 target.

The New PancakeBot


3D-printed breakfast? Yes, please! The latest iteration of the platform – which made its debut back at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 – comprises an acrylic body packed with Adafruit motor shields, an Arduino Mega (ATmega1280), two stepper motors, a pair of belt drives and a vacuum pump. The PancakeBot also made an appearance at this year’s inaugural White House Maker Faire, where it even created a flapjack for the President himself!

The PartDaddy by SeeMeCNC


A 16.2-foot-tall delta style printer. Need we say more?

Which 3D printer are you most looking forward to in the new year? Share your favorites below! 


RepRapPro debuts the Huxley Duo

RepRapPro has debuted a new Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 based 3D printer kit, which is the offspring of its successful predecessor, the Huxley.


Aptly dubbed the Huxley Duo, notable features of the open-source device include an ethernet network connection for control via web interfaces, a Z-probe for automated bed plane compensation, shielded electronics, pre-crimped wiring looms (meaning no more soldering necessary), as well as its new all-metal, dual-nozzle ready hotend.


Though the Huxley Duo is one of the smallest 3D printers available in terms of its weight and footprint, its build volume is comparatively quite large.

RepRap 2

Key specifications of the portable and easy-to-assemble machine:

  • Build Envelope: 138x140x95mm
  • Printer Size: 260x280x280mm
  • Filament Type/Size: ABS, PLA, 1.75mm diameter
  • Build Surface: PCB-heated bed
  • Nozzle Size: 0.5mm
  • Layer Accuracy: 0.1mm
  • Resolution: 0.0125mm
  • Building speed: 1,800 mm/min
  • Extruder speed: 12,000 mm/min


Good news for those interested in the recently-unveiled Huxley Duo! The printers — which comes in five colors ranging from white to green — are now available on RepRapPro website for just over $450 with the plastic parts already printed. If you already have access to a 3D printer and wish to print your own parts, you can save a few bucks by checking out the components page here.

Read more about the latest Atmel | SMART based RepRap printers on the Bits & Pieces archive here.

Adrian Bowyer talks RepRap, open source printing

Back in December, RepRapPro debuted a new Atmel-powered (SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3) RepRap 3D printer kit that can be assembled in just two hours. Aptly dubbed “Ormerod,” the versatile printer kit was named after the famous entomologist Eleanor Ormerod.

The Ormerod 3D printer features a heated bed, lightweight high-powered hot-end with an integrated cooling fan (ducted to cool the top of prints), a simple elegant drive for 1.75mm diameter filament, a pre-assembled wiring loom and an industry-standard ATX power supply.

 The Duet (Ormerod board) is equipped with both USB and Ethernet ports, allowing Makers to drive the platform with a conventional RepRap app like Pronterface or control the platform via a standard web browser.

The new RepRap’s firmware also features bed-plane correction and orthogonal axis compensation.

 Recently, RepRap creator Adrian Bowyer sat down with Simone Cicero of OpenElectronics to discuss the future of open source desktop 3D printing and RepRap. 

Regarding the Ormerod, Boyer emphasized that the new model was designed to be quickly and easily assembled.

“Plus it has [Atmel-based] 32-bit ARM electronics and ethernet, so you can drive the machine from a web browser,” he said.

In terms of upcoming 3D printing trends, Boyer said one of the most important is likely to be multi-material machines, or platforms capable of putting down mixtures and separating materials with diverse physical characteristics.

“This requirement is much easier to meet with fused filament fabrication (FFF) and inkjet machines than it is with stereolithography or SLS. Having said that I think that SLS will have a growing role at the low end, once one can get reasonable-cost solid-state lasers that will do tens of watts,” he explained. 

”We have subtractive technologies already of course. I personally think that combining subtractive with additive is a bit of a dead end. It reintroduces all the problems that we invented additive manufacturing to get away from.”

Bowyer also noted that most of the innovation in fused filament fabrication originated from the OS community.

“A lot of that is now being commercialized, [yet] a lot of that commercialization is staying OS,” he confirmed.

In addition, Bowyer commented on the rapidly growing RepRap community.

“I rather think that it has all the robustness and the agenda of a colony of microorganisms.  Which is to say that it is pretty robust because it has no agenda. This is not to say that the people involved are not like-minded – they are,” he continued. 

”But their distinguishing characteristic is their desire to solve technical problems and to tell people about the answers. I suppose that that is some sort of agenda, but it is not really an agenda as a synonym for plan.”

Last, but certainly not least, Bowyer offered his perspective on what other major fields could benefit from a RepRap-like approach.

“The biggest has got to be genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Both those are ideal candidates for the RepRap approach – they are easy for individuals to do; they require no very fancy or expensive equipment, and the results can be profound. I’m actually rather surprised that there isn’t a bigger community of biohackers than there is,” he added.

RepRapPro debuts Atmel-powered Ormerod 3D printer

RepRapPro has debuted a new Atmel-powered (SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3) RepRap 3D printer kit that can be assembled in just two hours. Aptly dubbed “Ormerod,” the versatile printer kit is named after the famous entomologist Eleanor Ormerod.

According to 3Ders.org, the Ormerod 3D printer features a heated bed, lightweight high-powered hot-end with an integrated cooling fan (ducted to cool the top of prints), a simple elegant drive for 1.75mm diameter filament, a pre-assembled wiring loom and an industry-standard ATX power supply.

The Duet (Ormerod board) is equipped with both USB and Ethernet ports, allowing Makers to drive the platform with a conventional RepRap app like Pronterface or control the platform via a standard web browser. The new RepRap’s firmware also features bed-plane correction and orthogonal axis compensation.

Additional key specs include:

  • Open-source self-replicating RepRap
  • Uses the same chip as the 32-bit Arduino Due (Duet electronics, Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3)
  • IR probing for self-aligned printing – no bed adjustment required
  • Build volume: 210x190x140mm
  • Overall size: 500x460x410mm
  • Working volume of 200 x 200 x 200mm
  • Printing materials: ABS, PLA, 1.75mm diameter thermoplastic
  • Build surface: PCB-heated bed to reduce complexity of assembly and to ensure parts do not warp
  • X-carriage: Three Z-adjustable deposition head mounts; one head supplied
  • Standard nozzle size: 0.5mm
  • Accuracy: 0.1mm
  • Resolution: 0.0125mm
  • Building speed: 1,800 mm/min
  • Moving speed: 12,000 mm/min
  • Deposition rate: 33 cm3 / hr
  • Motion: Linear ball bearings on X and Y axes, Igus low friction bushings on Z axis
  • Pre-soldered electronics with built-in microSD card slot for standalone printing
  • Enhancements to the printed parts to improve the ease of assembly of the X and Y axes

“When I started the whole RepRap project I thought that it stood a chance of working. By working, I mean that if you were to put the machine together it would print its own plastic parts,” said RepRap creator Adrian Bowyer.

“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.”

Interested in learning more about the Atmel-powered RepRap Ormerod? You can check out the 3D printer on the official RepRapPro site or order one here from RS Components.