The RepRap revolution started 6 years ago, today.

6 years ago, today is when the first ‘child’ printer was created.

6 years ago, today, the RepRap revolution started.

RepRaps, or Reproducing Rapid Prototypers are 3d printers that are designed in such a way that you can use one to make a copy of itself. The goal is to be able to use ‘stuff’ that is easily available locally. Today, I could make one using parts bought from Radio Shack, Home Depot, Walmart, and junk inkjet printers sitting in people’s closets, and my existing 3d printer. It’s easier and cheaper to order parts of ebay, but I can cobble one together after a couple hour bike ride.

The hardware is open source –  that means I can download, view, edit, and distribute my changes to the machine for free & legally.

The software is open source – that means I can download, view, edit, and distribute my changes to the software for free & legally.

There are thousands of people who are actively making tweaks and adjustments to the printers & software every single day. Thousands of people who are making these 3d printers better, every day, just for the fun of it.

6 years ago today, the first RepRap begat the 2nd RepRap and the world changed forever.

My college, MSOE, had the largest Rapid Prototyping lab in the world at that time if memory serves correctly. They had millions of dollars in equipment. I remember walking past the glassed windowed RPC and looking at the cool stuff they where making there. Engines for GM, hands for NASA to fit gloves, skulls to solve murder mysteries.

2 years ago, I got my first RepRap for as much money as the TV in my living room – http://mike.creuzer.com/2012/02/i-ordered-my-3d-printer-last-weekend.html. I ordered a kit of parts, and built it over the course of 2 days with help from strangers who where also putting their printers together at the same time.

6 years ago today, RepRaps started a revolution that made 3d printers accessible to me, in my home. My children will grow up never not knowing having having easy access to 3d printers. In their home. My dad remembers when he got indoor plumbing growing up, I remember when our house got it’s own phone number and not a shared number with several of the neighbors. My kids will never not remember a 3d printer or two in their house. This blows my mind. The paradigm shift in their thought processes is revolutionary – http://mike.creuzer.com/2013/07/bella-printed-a-missing-part-for-one-of-her-toys.html.

I’ve come up with a few ideas of my own – hybrid drivelines http://mike.creuzer.com/2013/04/delta-reprap-using-both-belts-and-spectra-fishing-line.html, hooking up my printer to my fish tank http://mike.creuzer.com/2013/01/watercooling-my-makergear-prusa-reprap.html, and a temp monitoring idea across the printer as a hole.

The people who have made the RepRap revolution possible deserve much gratitude. I’ve been able to meet in person many of the ‘key’ people who have made RepRaps possible – the (re)designers of the hardware, the (re)designers of the firmware, the (re)designers of the electronics.

Today, today is Mr. Bowyer’s day. Thank you. We will probably never meet in person, but you have changed my life & my children’s life. For that, Thank you.

I picked up a new 'backpack' this weekend

227 grams, without the two dinky water bottles it came with.

It's going to be challenging to get a 3 day trek into this itty bitty waist bag. Warm weather trips only.

My last weekend trek last fall, water became a problem, so this is probably a bit water-focused.

I am making 2 leather pouches for the Sawyer Squeeze Mini water filter and the cleaning syringe. One tucked into each side next to the water bottles. I cut the 'straw' down so it fits inside the back of the syringe handle. The squeeze bag fits inside the pack.

The kids are getting the half liter water bottles that came with this bag. I am replacing them with larger bottles. The silver bottle pictured will likely be my Berky Sports bottle once I find it. The green bottle in the black sleeve has a soup can it is nested with for a cook pot.

I am making a new 8.5' square tarp out of a window insulation kit. This will eat up the bulk of the pack. Cordage to pitch the tarp are 25' and 10 foot pieces of Amsteel Blue (silver colored) wrapped around the outside of the pack and held on with a soft shackle. Also will have several lengths of braided mason line.

Other items include:
A SOL 1-2 person space blanket or two for sleeping.
A disposable clear rain poncho in case it rains.
A bug head net.
2 citronella tea light candles.
My new LED headlamp with the 3d printed red lens.
A norwex towl (my wife can't stand the feeling of them).
A long sleeve polyester shirt.

I need to make a 'repair kit' with neosporin, tape, a needle and thread, a bit of wire and the like. Stuff to keep me and my gear walking.

Sticking it all on a scale at the moment, 1610g or 3.5 lbs.

What am I missing for packing out my new 'bag'?

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My new waist bag. I like the color and that it can hold 2 water bottles. I have some amsteel rope wrapped around it. I am making a pair of leather pouches for holding the Sawyer Squeeze Mini water filter parts.

The leather pouch on the right side will be added and a mate to it on the other side.

My eldest and I made some wild Violet tincture from the flowers in the back yard…

My eldest and I made some wild Violet tincture from the flowers in the back yard this weekend. It's been 4 years since we bought the house, so whatever nasty gunk the priors may be sprayed in the yard ought to be dramatically reduced at this point.

Pick the flowers in the back yard as I mow with the new (to me) electric mower. Easier to find the flowers that way.

6 weeks before we can use it. I made a small jar for me, and a larger jar for a friend, the one I get my essential oils from.

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One jar made, one jar to go. The bucket of flowers dispersed into the two jars.

My assistant. She thought it was lots of fun to make medicine from the back yard. Starting to talk about not eating things picked unless daddy is with and says it’s ok.

My assistant knocking the bubbles out of the tincture.

She likes the purple flowers.

The vodka is poured into the left, but not the right jar.

Pretty! I’ve read it will turn yellow to green in 6 weeks depending on the PH of the final product.

I recently purchased an Ozark Trail LED Headlamp to replace one I left at my folk's…

I recently purchased an Ozark Trail LED Headlamp to replace one I left at my folk's place. I was hoping for a AA headlamp, but walmart doesn't sell those anymore, so I got the cheapest AAA one they had as it sported the longest battery life.

It doesn't have the features of the other lamps, like a red LED lamp.

So here is my attempt to fix this. Print the cover in something like Red Taulman T-Glase to create a red filter for this light. Attach it with a rubber band or some other method as deemed appropriate.

This particular model is Walmart SKU 1742701068

Length: 2.1 inch – 5.3cm Width: 1.6 inch – 4.1cm Depth: 1.3 inch – 3.3 cm Weight 1.5oz – 43g Weight with batteries: 2.8oz – 78g

High = 50 lumens for 15 hours at 20 meters range
Low = 10 lumens for 91 hours at 9 meters range

I've posted the printable files at https://github.com/creuzerm/openscad-projects/tree/master/OzarkTrail50LumenAAALEDHeadLamp in-case anybody else wanted to print a copy of the lens.

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I recently purchased an Ozark Trail LED Headlamp to replace one I left at my folk’s place. I was hoping for a AA headlamp, but walmart doesn’t sell those anymore, so I got the cheapest AAA one they had as it sported the longest battery life.

A bit of time designing, and a bit of time printing with Red Taulman T-Glase

This is my favorite, but I am going to make it longer so the ‘fingers’ reach each other in back and can hook onto each other.

I now have a red lens cover for the headlamp.

Length: 2.1 inch – 5.3cm Width: 1.6 inch – 4.1cm Depth: 1.3 inch – 3.3 cm Weight 1.5oz – 43g Weight with batteries: 2.8oz – 78g

High = 50 lumens for 15 hours at 20 meters Low = 10 lumens for 91 hours at 9 meters

Three white LED bulbs, switch on top. Definitely NOT water proof like my missing one.

The red is so clear it’s hard to see the finished print on the printer.

A couple of different styles to attach, trying to see what I like best.

The elastic held better then the fingers, but it’s parts I can loose, and then what?

Late May Snow

Last Friday morning, we got a lot of snow. HUGE flakes. Driving across Iowa, I saw what I would guess was 2 inches of snow – on the freshly planted fields.

I wonder what this will do for food prices this year…

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Big flakes in the front yard

Trucklet is getting covered in snow

The size of the flakes amazed me

Iowa got nearly 2 inches of snow.

I hope my tomato plant makes it…

Wet Snow

My front yard