By Karina Scholz, Suong Nguyen, Ninh Nguyen, Lam Nguyen, Hoc Vo
April 2014 - Within a four-month-project four students from the master program Global Production Engineering and Management (GPEM) made a practical approach to 3D printing in general and RepRap in particular. RepRap is a low-cost 3D-printer that can “print itself”: All plastic parts of the printer can be printed out by the printer. This new technology is very promising, especially in Vietnam. This idea is called open manufacturing, like we know the same idea from open source software. VGU’s partner university for the GPEM-program, the TU Berlin, sponsored a RepRap printer for the students to gain practical experience.
The project was conducted by GPEM-coordinator Dr. Carsten Reise. The students started to experiment with the RepRap printer, trying out what to do with the machine and testing all the special features. They printed a small model of the Empire State Building, for example. After that, they discovered that the machine is self-replicating. They learned that this idea makes the RepRap printer (almost) freely available for the benefit of everyone. The students created a presentation of their project for all the GPEM students of class 2013. In the future, they consider working together with the VGU roboclub and printing out plastic parts for the robots.
Anyone who would like to know more about the RepRapPro Huxley Project is highly welcomed to contact the group via email Contact: 3d-printing-project(at)googlegroups.com.