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Low-cost 3D printing for everyone

I started reading on the work done by Adrian Bowyer, Joseph Prusa and other open source 3d printing pioneers two years ago. I was immediately pulled in by the concept of open source RepRap 3D printers.

The idea of self replicating machines, that besides printing copies of themselves can print other useful things is amazing. It can bring changes to the way  world currently works. Products are designed to be efficiently produced in big quantitys, creativity and uniqueness come last. Open source 3D printing has the power to change that. RepRap printers can operate of 12V car battery and can be built almost anywhere on the world.

Unlike how current industry dictates that products are made in one part of the world, away from consumers. 3D printing brings manufacturing to consumers, eliminating the need for transporting products across the planet to reach consumers. That is one of positive changes we need to make to start harming our planet.

The material used for all prints in this shop is PLA.

PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid in full) is a thermoplastic which is extruded from the starch of plants, such as corn, cassava, sugarcane, cereals, or sugar beet. By being derived from biological resources this type of thermoplastic can be biodegradable under the right conditions (such as an active compost heap, with enough presence of oxygen) and therefore has a much lesser environmental impact than thermoplastics derived from fossil fuels. 

I started building RepRaps a year ago. The build itself is not to demanding if you have basic knowledge of mechanics, electronics and informatics. The hardest and most time consuming part is hardware and software parameters calibrating. I currently have 3 operating RepRaps. I did countless test prints and calibrations to tweak them. Not everyone can do that, so I decided to offer my prints for the ones that do not have knowledge, skills, time, money to build their own. 

Prints offer customization in the form of adding inscription and color selection.

You can co-shape this shop by suggesting your own design ideas or request Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike licensed designs you want to see in the shop from sites like thingiverse.com. Most requested ones will be added as printed products. You can also straight out ask for design to be made for you and you will  receive quotation. 

Some Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike licensed designs were taken from thingiverse.com or similar pages. Even though designers made their designs public, if any interest is shown in their work, they will be compensated in the form of certain percentage from sale of their design.

Stay creative and enjoy the shop.

Tomaž Š.

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