Two of our students (Nicholas C Lewis and Marcus Lew) along with some faculty have been fabricating RepRap Mendels this quarter. In a university term (about ten weeks), they have managed to get three Mendels built and running. Wow!
In a post quarter meeting, we predict that we could fabricate about one Mendel a week with a slightly larger team of players. We coined the concept of our lab becoming a “Rep Rap Breeding Center”. Nick has taken that idea to the web with his RepRapBreeding blog.
As an engineering faculty, it’s really exciting to finally work with a design/development platform that allows students to fabricate and own an additive manufacturing system.