We at the Telford Makerspace (https://TelfordMaker.space ) are looking to get 2 or 3 RepRaps (https://RepRap.org ) with which to run workshops. We decided on getting a couple of RepRap Huxley Duos (https://web.Archive.org/web/20160620213955/http://RepRapPro.com/documentati… ), and materials and parts to build at least another Huxley Duo. Features of the Huxley Duo which appeal to us are:
> • OSH and well-documented;
> • Cartesian-style filament printer;
> • dual-filament;
> • small and portable with a very sturdy frame;
> • cheap – 750£ will buy at least 3 of them;
> • repairable; interchangeable; modifyable; upgradable.
However, Andy D'Arcy Jewell and I could not find finer details such as nozzle diameter or print resolution, and when we were looking to buy one, we found that all of the links that we tried are dead or discontinued, i.e. we could not find /any/ live link to a current retailer of the Huxley Duo. The RepRap Project somewhat feels like a ghost town. We'd like to know:
• Why did RepRap Ltd. close?
• What happened to the RepRap Project and its community?
• Where we can get RepRap Huxley Duos and their parts from?
I notice that there's a fairly recent email to the list, the one announcing the 68th OSHUG meeting, that suggests that RepRap is still current without any hint of demise:
At 2018-07-10Tue21:58:59+01, Andrew Back sent:
> Yet engineering hasn't worked with the power of self replication much, if at all, until now. This talk will be about the RepRap Project - an open-source project that has created humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. It will examine the likely social and economic impacts of self-replicating technology, and draw parallels with a twelve-thousand-year-old industry that uses natural self-replicating machines, the industry without which we would all starve: farming.
> * Adrian Bowyer holds a first degree and a PhD in engineering from Imperial College. He was an academic engineer and mathematician at the University of Bath for 35 years, from where he retired in 2012 to become a director of RepRap Ltd., a company that sells RepRap machines and components, and that undertakes research and consultancy in RepRap-related projects. RepRap Ltd is an entirely open-source company, and all its designs, software and documentation are freely available to everyone. […]
The present tense implies that RepRap is still current. I sincerely hope so.
James R. Haigh.
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