I am in the process of making machines for an Open Source FabLab/Makerspace.
Which Open Source Designs do you believe are best to use?
- Standard components commonly available, sourceable locally in a normal hardware store, electronics shop, home improvement store (as much as reasonably possible). So no kits.
- Robust, dependable, proven designs/machines (safe to use and somewhat idiot proof)
- Low in expected maintenance/calibration/repair work
- Good price/quality ratio (“perfect is the enemy of good”)
- Good documentation: for the build, use, troubleshooting, etc.
- An established and active community (no abandoned projects)
My ideas at the moment:
Design: Prusa i3 Hephestos
With a frame made from standard aluminium profile available at home improvement store. I have made one of this in a workshop in 2016 and it has been great. As I am no expert, it would be a good start for a first printer for the FabLab as I can peek over to my existing printer.
Once I complete the Hephestos and get more experience and confidence, what would be a good option for a second 3D Printer? With heated plate perhaps?
I found these designs using my favourite online search engine:
Any you would recommend or advise against? Any other design that would be better?
The size should be large enough to put a ‘standard size’ large sheet of plywood: 244x122 cm, so we can also make furniture with it.
After an online search this design looks like the only existing mature/proven model out there.
Or are there any other options that would fit the requirements?
The main goal of the FabLab is to make functional things that can be used in everyday life.
Would you recommend any other machine(s) besides these 3 to build?
Finally, a question maybe to put in a seperate topic as well:
Are there people in the BeNeLux area, including western Germany perhaps, who offer workshops on building Open Source 3D Printers, CNC Mills or Lasercutters?
It would be great to get up to speed following such a workshop, instead of figuring it all out using online resources only.