Finally got round to putting up the event page for OSHUG #29. Looking
at the BCS registration page there are just 14 tickets left.
Event #29 — Production by the Proletariat (RepRap, TVRRUG)
2nd October 2013, 17:30 - 21:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson
Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
For the twenty-ninth meeting we will be joining forces with the BCS
Open Source Specialist Group, to host talks from the creator of
RepRap, Adrian Bowyer, and Alan Wood of Thames Valley RepRapUser
— The Ownership of the Means of Production by the Proletariat
Look at your computer setup. Imagine you hooked up a 3D printer.
Instead of printing on bits of paper this 3D printer makes real,
robust, mechanical parts. To give you an idea of how robust, think
Lego bricks and you’re in the right area. You could make lots of
useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make lots of the parts
to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy
This talk will be about RepRap – the Replicating Rapid-prototyper.
This 3D printer builds the component up in layers of plastic. This
technology already existed before RepRap, but the cheapest proprietary
machine then would have set you back £15,000. And it wasn’t even
designed so that it could make itself. So what the RepRap team have
done is to develop and to give away the designs for a much cheaper
machine with the novel capability of being able to self-copy (material
costs are about £300). That way it’s accessible to small communities
in the developing world as well as individuals in the developed world.
The RepRap machine is being distributed entirely free to everyone
using open-source – so, if you have one, you can make another and give
it to a friend…
Adrian Bowyer holds a first degree and a PhD in engineering from
Imperial College. He was an academic at the University of Bath for 35
years. He retired in 2012 to help to run the company RepRap
Adrian's areas of research are geometric modelling and geometric
computing in general (he is one of the authors of the Bowyer-Watson
algorithm for Voronoi diagrams), the application of computers to
manufacturing, and biomimetics. In 2004 he created RepRap – humanity’s
first self-replicating general-purpose manufacturing machine.
— Experiences from the Thames Valley RepRap User Group
Thames Valley RepRap User Group (TVRRUG) was set up to provide support
to those who wanted to build their own RepRap 3D printer, and to
exchange information and ideas between those who had already
successfully completed builds.
TVRRUG has now organised three group build rounds, sourcing and
printing parts, and resulting in many working printers. Along the way
the group has produced extensive documentation, and designed its own
electronics and a variant of the Prusa Mendel design.
Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, and got lost in
software engineering and F/OSS for a decade, before returning back to
his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers movement
that has gathered momentum in recent years.
Note: Please aim to arrive for 17:30 - 18:20 as the first talk will
start at 18:30 prompt.
For those who are heading along to Open Source Hardware Camp 2013 this weekend:
If you're involved in running a workshop, please bring along extension
leads if you can, as there are never enough!
Tomorrow night (oh no, I've just realised it's Friday 13th...) we'll
be having a few pre-event drinks from 20:00 at the White Swan:
And, yes, you're right: that is an amazing website.
Look forward to seeing you!
Those interested in FPGAs, HDL and open source microprocessor/SoC
design may wish to consider heading along to the annual OpenRISC
Conference which is taking place in October:
The conference is open to all and should also serve as a good
introduction for those who would like to learn more and get up and
running with OpenRISC.
I'm sure that if anyone has any questions Jeremy or Julius will be
happy to answer them.