There are different models of rapid prototype machines. On the website http://www.reprap.org you can see four 3D printer, free and “official”: Original Mendel, Prousa Mendel, Huxley e Legacy Darwin. Functionality are the same, between the models change the dimensions and the parts for the construction. Also exist many commercial printer’s models, with different features, but these are too expensive for a single (MakerBot, BotMill…). You can also find a lot of variations from the “official” machines, presented in the blogs and forums, but understand what are really useful is not easy.
Among all the possibility R.eS.Co. bought an RepRap. We were attracted by the possibility to print little prototypes. We choose a RepRap because we want to take part in this project. It has huge potentiality and follow our idea of “bottom up innovation” (see About us).
Once we had a Prusa Mendel we started thinking about some modify to improve it: that’s how RepRap#Resco take birth, that’s our “RepRap cocktail”.
A person that don’t have a RepRap can’t be a RepRap expert and so he can’t know what is better for him. So, Reprap#Resco what can offer? We have developped these following guidelines:
- reliability over speed/quality: a machine on which you can count on (having repetable result make also tuning easier)
- best price/quality trade-off: save money where you can and you use it where you need
- standardization: keep close to official RepRap or common parts as possible without loose of performance
- documentation: consistent develop and lined up documentation