German RepRap: when German engineering meets 3D printing

By the 12/13/2016 in 3D Printers, News
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German RepRap isĀ a German 3D printer manufacturer (legal entity: German RepRapĀ GmbH) operating fromĀ the city of Feldkirchen, near Munich. This company was first established as theĀ German RepRap Foundation (GRRF) in 2010.

German ReprapĀ designs and sells 3D printing solutions based on the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printing technology, as well as 3D scanners, 3D filaments, software and a variety of accessories.

Among German RepRap target customers are industrial companies, designers, architects, artists, model makers, universities and schools, handicraft enthusiasts and other private users and enterprises.

The quality standard for all German RepRap 3D printersĀ is very high; except for the entry-levelĀ X150 and Protos V3, all 3D printersĀ are equipped with closed frames, a requirement for professional and industrial manufacturing tools. The German RepRap 3D printers also include the very good Simplify3D software, a must have for those who need a reliable and effective machine.Ā The first German RepRapĀ large-capacity 3D printer for professional useĀ is the X400.

In 2016, the complete German RepRap lineup includes the following products:

–Ā The German RepRap X150 (also called theĀ German RepRap Neo). The smaller German RepRap 3D printer capable to 3D print in PLA project that wouldĀ fits inside itsĀ 150 x 150 x 150 mm build chamber. This desktop 3D printer is based on an open-source design and is very simple and affordable. It does not include a LCD control screen or a heated print bed.

–Ā The German RepRap Protos V3 (available in two versions, theĀ Full Kit and the Base Kit). This open-frame 3D printer offers a large build volume ofĀ 205 x 210 x 140 mm. The difference between the two kits is the presence of a heated print bed in the Full kit. The cheaper Protos V3 Base Kit does not include one and therefore can only 3D print PLA.

–Ā The German RepRap X350 proĀ is a reliable and powerful workhorse. This robust 3D printer is the latest evolution of the well-known X35o. Made in Germany, it is capable of 3D printing a wide range of materials such as ABS, PLA and most thermoplastics available such as PVA, TPU, Carbon20, Laywood, Laybrick, PP, Bendlay, Soft-PLA and SmartABS.

–Ā The German RepRapĀ X400 V3Ā is aĀ large industrial-gradeĀ 3D printer which offers a very largeĀ build volume ofĀ 390 x 400 x 320 mm. The German RepRapĀ X400 V3 comesĀ also equipped with a heated print bed and is capable of 3D printing most thermoplastics, including ABS, PLA, PS, PVA, TPU93, Carbon20, Laywood, Laybrick, PP, Bendlay, Soft-PLA and SmartABS.Ā This professional 3D printer is fittedĀ with the German RepRapĀ standard DD3 dual extruder. TheĀ German RepRap X400 V3 is available with or without its stand.

– The German RepRap X1000:Ā thisĀ 3D printer is the flagship of the German brand. BoastingĀ a build volume ofĀ 1000 x 800 x 600 mm, it can be controlled through a web interface and connects to the computerĀ via WiFi or Ethernet cable. It canĀ 3D print most of the 3D filaments of the market but ABS and PC are considered to be “experimental” by the manufacturer.

Overall, German Reprap is a well-established manufacturer of 3D printing solutions and its 3D printers are a testimony to the excellence of German engineering. We find that this brand is not famous enough in the 3D printing community, probably because of the professional nature of its products.