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Ultimaker op Tegenlicht!

We were lucky to be featured in Tegenlicht. Tegenlicht are exceptional documentary makers who go in depth into major issues of humanity. The part where I’m being interviewed starts at around 34 minutes. Most...

Google Glasses have arrived!

Now for something that’s not related to 3D printing (well, not directly), but so insanely cool that I have to blog about it right now (no, this can’t wait another day)! Through a friend...

Ultimaker @ Codebits 2012!

At Codebits, an amazing event organized by Sapo (an awesome, innovative Portugese company) a lot of nice stuff was happening. Besides a 48 hour programming contest, there was a hardware hacking den. This is...

Trip to Switzerland

Beautiful view of the river in Bern With al the busy-ness at Ultimaker I haven’t traveled much. Finally I had a nice trip to Switzerland, to give a talk and meet our friends from...

New developments at Ultimaker!

We’ve been really busy with many developments at Ultimaker! Most notably: the Ultimaker Controller, reducing lead times, adding individual 3D printer parts and lowering the overall shipping costs. Also, we’re releasing an improved version...

Just playing and 3D printing!

Usually, during the weekend I spend my time working on Ultimaker as a company, or I have social obligations. For this weekend, my wife surprised me in an original and heartwarming way. She said...

[NL] HowDoYouDo artikel + video

De afgelopen tijd zijn er een paar evenementen geweest waar ik nog niet veel over geschreven heb. Daar wil ik bij deze verandering in brengen. Ik heb een presentatie gegeven op How Do You...

[Presentation] 3D printing event, Eindhoven

Last week was the 3D printing event in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Ultimaker exhibited there together with about 20 other Ultimakers, shown by their proud operators (see this Ultimaker blog post). There were also RepRaps,...

Software accelleration

Bernhard, an Ultimaker power-user at MetaLab Vienna, has gotten the Sprinter firmware working on an Ultimaker. Sprinter is written by Kliment and Caru, based on Triffid Hunter’s codebase, based on FiveD [update]oops, it’s based...

Ultimaker shipping & open sourced!

Good news, everyone! Finally, the Ultimaker is shipping. It took much more work that we had ever imagined, and we knew it would be hard to design a complete machine from scratch and also...

CAD

I’m frequently wowed by progress in CAD software to become both more powerful and more easy to use. Still its good so see how great ideas took quite a lot of time to show...

Ultimaker available for pre-ordering!

The last few months have been very busy ones for us, we done quite some testing with the Ultimaker, started a company, searched for the right material suppliers, worked on our webshop and so...

One small step… (RFC)

First of all I would like to introduce myself. The current PCB layout, click on it for a larger version. My name is Gerald Ebberink and I am a first cousin of Erik. During...

Ultimaker at BOTACON 0, New York

Photo by John Abella I took my Ultimaker to BOTACON 0 (the first BOTACON of, I’m sure, many BOTACON’s to come!). There, I was giving a talk on the collaborative ecosystem that is emerging...

FSCONS 2010 & Graduation & Ultimaker!

So much is happening, that I hardly have time to blog it all! In the meantime I’ve finished my thesis, presented at FSCONS and graduated! And if that wasn’t enough, last week I demo’ed...

ReplicatorG’s build volume

Update: Phooky merged this improvement into the official branch, thanks!! There was an issue with ReplicatorG posted a while ago: The stl preview pane seems to be fixed at 10cm x 10cm x 10cm....

RepRap and ReplicatorG-5D

Some things are just no fun, and in a project driven by volunteers, these parts tend to be neglected. Making things user friendly doesn’t help yourself, because when you get to the point where...

[NL] RepRap en FabLabs op Labyrint (van de VPRO)

Vanavond was er bij de VPRO een item op Labyrint met als onderwerp: “Alles is maakbaar!” Van FabLab.nl: …besteedt het wetenschapsprogramma Labyrint (VPRO/NTR) aandacht aan de technologie van 3D printen. Er zijn o.a. opnames gemaakt...

[NL] 3D printen op de Night of the Nerds!

[This article is in Dutch, but you can Google Translate it (click)] De Night of the Nerds was een groot succes! Deze werd gehouden in het Technologiemuseum NEMO in Amsterdam. Foto: (c) Night of...

[FIY] Fab It Yourself: Adapters & consumer lock-in

In the RepRap community, you can observe several interesting applications of domestic manufacturing. A manufacturer will probably not make their product compatible with competing products. But what if you still want this? How cool...

Open Letter to Google (Sketchup)

Update: Google responded on my blog! To read it, click here. Below is my open letter to the Google SketchUp team, aimed at Aidan Chopra, SketchUp Evangelist and John Bacus, the Product Manager for...

RepRap @ FAB6: Slides available

The slides of our joint talk are now available. First up are Rhys Jones and Adrian Bowyer, the third section is my part: RepRap @ FAB6 International Conference, Amsterdam View more presentations from Erik...

Self-replicating devices: the statistics

Today was our talk on RepRap at the FAB6 conference in Amsterdam at the Royal Academy of the Arts and Sciences. Rhys Jones introduced RepRap and showed his latest developments in multiple materials. Adrian...

Another non-printed part less

I just made a serendipitous discovery:I printed a very narrowly fitting freely rotating Bowden coupling and it had such a good grip on the PTFE that I printed another with just a little more...

Wedding slideshow

Our wedding day was really unforgettably beautiful: Below is my original post about “the making of the cake topper”. It stood there perfectly because my best friends made a gorgeous cake (such a great...

Getting married, Open source style ;)

My 3D printed cake topper! Friday the 9th of July, I’m getting married to Esther! I’m really looking forward to this really special day. It takes a lot of preparation, but it’s also been...

Erik’s RepRap for loan!

In December last year, I became the proud new owner of Leo (after Leonard Darwin), the son of Charly (Charles Darwin (my earlier machine)). It didn’t take 9 months to fully develop, but it...

RepRap in Dutch newspapers again

A while ago I put on my RepRap ambassador hat again which resulted in a newspaper entry in a Dutch newspaper. Since it’s slightly old news now and I’m allowed to cite works that...

Meta-innovation: Surprise boxes!

What I really like about the Thingiverse physical object repository is that people are not just adding awesome, innovative [1, 2] and useful [1, 2] new content. They also innovate in how they publish...

SHiFT 2010: Personal fabrication

Together with Siert Wijnia from FabLab Protospace I gave a workshop and presentation at SHiFT 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. The topic was Personal Fabrication while highlighting the roles of FabLabs and the RepRap project...

[NL] RepRap op Omroep Brabant

Televisie Some time ago I had a visit by the Omroep Brabant TV crew. From RepRap Misc The item was broadcast on 30 March 2010. The RepRap part starts at 5 minutes and 30...

[NL] RapRap in het nieuws!

(English translation here and here) RepRap was weer uitgebreid in het nieuws. Gisteren in de “Trouw”: Krant Klik hier voor het online artikel! Radio Gisteravond was ik met Siert ook in de uitzending van...

Mini-mendel built and working!

I went to the USA to visit Zach and Bre and the others from Makerbot and to give a talk at MIT for an innovation lab. I proposed to give a demo, but didn’t...

RepRap Survey

Are you operating or building a 3D printer? (RepRap, Cupcake CNC, RapMan, etc.) We still need some more responses for the data to be statistically significant. So if you have not done the survey,...

Mini-mendel printed!

From Erik's RepRap parts For some, the fact that the mini-mendel isn’t a finished product is a reason not to try it. For me, it’s the opposite. I’ve now printed all parts for the...

RepRap made the Dutch newspapers!

RepRap got coverage in a well respected Dutch newspaper, NRC.next. They also made a blog post with an interview, the original post is in Dutch, but here’s a (poor) google Translation to English. The...

Smooth I am, yes…

You think vanity and Yoda do not go together? The force may be strong in this fella, but he used a very powerful scrubbing lotion to make him look much younger. Stratasys sent me...

Accessories evolution: Spindle holders!

Even things that are peripheral to the RepRap and makerbot are going through some remarkable evolution! It not that strange, because they can really make life a lot easier. Some accessories, like spindle holders,...

Banning 3D printers?

Nick Jones from Gartner made an interesting remark: “[A]s one of my clients pointed out yesterday, do we really want an affordable domestic fabber? Fabbers will likely “print” objects using some form of plastic....

RepRap @ NPOX 2009, Hilversum

We demonstrated the RepRap at NPOX (15 nov. 2009). It was in the “Beeld en Geluid” building which was a huge building, but beautiful at every scale. We were positively surprised by the way...

RepRap Day @ Protospace

The RepRap Day at Protospace (14 nov. 2009) was a great success. (see also, more pictures by Bas) The plan was to print an entire machine at the event, but we did more talking...

Support material, part two!

In the previous post, I described the rationale for adding a support material capability. It’s not needed for every object, but to have consistent results with tight tolerances, for many objects you cannot do...

The quest for support material support

In general, there are three general methods to making objects. Formative: By (de)forming matter, such as bending a metal beam into an angle. Or a big steel sheet into an enclosure, or making a...

REPRAP meeting (Dutch)

Op zondag 15 november organiseert ProtoSpace de eerste grote RepRap meeting van Nederland! Iedereen die een RepRap heeft, er een aan het bouwen is, of erin geïnteresseerd is nodigen wij van harte uit om...

Bowden extruder

I’ve designed a little part that allows you to connect the extrusion drive mechanism, which pushes the plastics, to the extruder which it is pushed through. Here you can see a printed version, attached...

RepRap Workshop!

After the big success of our workshop at Protospace, there will be another one! Since it will be in Dutch, the rest message is as well. Na het grote succes van de workshop bij...

RepRap @ Hacking at Random 2009

I was honoured to present RepRap with Adrian Bowyer, who is the one who came up with the idea of creating a self-replicating machine that would ‘live’ in symbiosis with humans. Presenting our RepRaps...

Phun simulations with RepRap

This is a simplified simulation of the mechanical “Cartesian bot” of The RepRap. It allows you to play with things like play (a.k.a. backlash), tension of the belt that drives the axis, etc. You...

Firmware compatibility and anti-backlash script

I’ve created a gcode processor in php. [Edit] This is now documented here: http://objects.reprap.org/wiki/3D-to-5D-Gcode.php[/edit] It allows you to rewrite 3D Gcode from tools like Skeinforge and use them with the 5D firmware. I’ve added...

RepRap at Reboot 11!

After Siert spent 5 minutes in Rhino CAD software, we had a printable model. The picture shows the bracket being printed. Installed on the WiFi bike Being at Reboot 11 was amazing. The theme...

Reboot 2009, Copehagen, Denmark

I’m excited to go to Reboot. Siert and I will be (re)presenting the RepRap project. We plan to take 2 fully functional RepRaps with us. They have already been churning out parts to make...

Printing chess pieces

Click on the image to see a bigger version. The detail is really good. I decided to print a chess piece. I was amazed by the quality. I really love the new extruder we...

Protospace Extruder

In the group at Protospace (FabLab Utrecht, the Netherlands) we designed and built a new extruder. Most of the design work was done by Robert, and a very good result was obtained with the...

Personal Empowerment

I personally think that the RepRap is a tool of personal empowerment. It allows you to take matters into your own hands. Are you not completely satisfied with some object that you use? You...

RepRap network effects (draft)

The exact topic is still preliminary, but my masters research is going to be on user innovation in fabrication and its interrelation with the commercial players, their products and their customers. The creation of...

[NL] Presentatie: Introductie tot de RepRap

Dit is een introductie tot de RepRap. Technische kennis, bekendheid met Open Source of de RepRap wordt niet verondersteld. Omdat de geluidskwaliteit niet optimaal is heb ik ondertiteling toegevoegd. De slides zijn hieronder beschikbaar....

Nominate RepRap!

If you agree with me on this, please take less than 30 seconds to nominate RepRap for “Most Likely to Change the Way You Do Everything”:

[Concept] Nutty drive

The driving mechanism that pushes the thermoplasts or metals through the heater chamber (for making them liquid) is a very critical one. It needs to push the plastic with a strong and reliable grip....

[ThingAlert] Stylus

Today, antifuchs designed a stylus to be 3D printed on a home fabricator such as the RepRap or Makerbot. It was posted as a Thing on thingiverse.com. The stylus (click picture for lager version)...

Sticky notes viral video

There’s a reason why this video spreads like pig flu… Highly contagious. Not just harmful things can spread exponentially, also the beautiful things in life! (P.s. the HD version is highly recommended if it...

[RepRap] More replication!

From the RepRap blog: Progress is being made by Rhys Jones to have the Replicating Rapid prototyper make more of the parts that you need to make another one. I think that this is...

Final exam, passed!

I passed my last exam I have to do for my masters degree! I ‘only’ need to finish an internship and write my thesis… and then I’ll be Master of Science, in addition to...

Giving your RepRap a voice!

Debugging sucks… I’m (re)building my machine, and one thing I’m missing is transparency. We’re adding layers to keep complexity manageable, but inevitably some transparency is getting lost along the way. There are several interfaces...

TranslateAnywhere demo

Have you ever been in a foreign country in need of a translation? Or you stumble across a manual that’s only in foreign languages… Going to google and typing over all the text tedious....

Google Sync

On my HTC Touch Cruise phone, I’m using a Android Linux and WM6 dual-boot setup. Up to now, when using WM6 on my phone I used to sync my phone with OGGsync to sync...

A thousand RepRappers!

There are now an estimated 1000+ RepRappers! These people are actively building on their own instance of the Open Source Replicating 3D printer. When I started working on my RepRap in May 2008 (8...

Angry at Microsoft!

You may have noticed ‘Use Firefox!’ pictures on many websites. There’s a story behind this which applies to me as well. As a web developer, even when you only use Linux, you inevitably get...

RepRap: time saving tools

These are some tools that saved me a lot of time and frustration building my RepRap. I should have bought some of these tools sooner though! Click image to enlarge. On the left is...

Building RepRaps in Utrecht, NL!

Nederlandse versie: zie onderaan At FabLab Utrecht, a.k.a. Protospace several RepRaps are going to be built (five to start with). I’m supporting the group with advise (and of course encouragement ). It will be...

RepRap: in simple terms, part 1: replication.

What does the RepRap project do? What do they mean with self-replication? Its aim is to design, through the open source process, a 3D printer that can replicate most of its own parts. Currently...

Speaking at the WikiMedia Conference

I’ll be speaking on the RepRap at the Wikimedia conference in Utrecht on 1st of November. The programme is in Dutch. See also the www.wikimediaconferentie.nl website