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German RepRap: when German engineering meets 3D printing

German RepRap is a German 3D printer manufacturer (legal entity: German RepRap GmbH) operating from the city of Feldkirchen, near Munich. This company was first established as the German RepRap Foundation (GRRF) in 2010.

German Reprap 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 printers is very high; except for the entry-level X150 and Protos V3, all 3D printers 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. The first German RepRap large-capacity 3D printer for professional use is the X400.

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

– The German RepRap X150 (also called the German RepRap Neo). The smaller German RepRap 3D printer capable to 3D print in PLA project that would fits inside its 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.

– The German RepRap Protos V3 (available in two versions, the Full Kit and the Base Kit). This open-frame 3D printer offers a large build volume of 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.

– The German RepRap X350 pro 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.

– The German RepRap X400 V3 is a large industrial-grade 3D printer which offers a very large build volume of 390 x 400 x 320 mm. The German RepRap X400 V3 comes 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. This professional 3D printer is fitted with the German RepRap standard DD3 dual extruder. The German RepRap X400 V3 is available with or without its stand.

– The German RepRap X1000this 3D printer is the flagship of the German brand. Boasting a build volume of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm, it can be controlled through a web interface and connects to the computer via WiFi or Ethernet cable. It can 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.

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Pierre-Antoine Arrighi

Pierre-Antoine Arrighi is Aniwaa’s Technical Advisor and co-founder. Based in Paris, France, he is involved with the most important decisions in regards to the company’s overall strategy. He is also the team’s technical expert for all things related to 3D printing and scanning, as well as for virtual and augmented reality. He is also a Manager at French consulting firm kxiop.