The Project: A Self-Replicating 3D Printer

Language: English / German

The goal of this semester's bachelor project (master students welcome) is to build a self-replicating 3D printer. That is, build a printer that is capable of printing the parts for more 3D printers...We are going to build a Rostock-style printer, because they have a simple geometry and can be scaled up easily. Eventually, we'd like to build larger versions of this capable of printing car parts, furniture, and other real-world objects.

Technologies / skills:
  • 3D printing
  • embedded controllers / stepper motors
  • minimal mechanical construction
  • 3D modeling (Blender, etc.)
  • a sense of fun and interest in cutting edge, open source technologies

What are we trying to build?

Here is a video showing the 3D printer we want to build; it's a Rostock Max. They have a nice and symmetrical design and can be scaled up to much larger printing volumes easily than other systems.

Rostock Printer

To sign up or express interest, please send mail, why you are writing, and some background to secretary@iupr.com

The Blueprints

We will be basing our work on the Rostock-series of printers, described at RepRap.