Start of a rapid prototyper build

I’ve been loosely following the RepRap project ( for a while, but it wasn’t until the second generation of the design was released that I really got the itch to build one for myself.  RepRap is a project to build low cost FDM based rapid prototypers capable of making most of their own parts.  As such, for a ‘proper’ RepRap, you need to have gotten the rapid prototyped parts from someone else to build your own unit.  But what fun is that?

With a perfectly decent mill and lathe at my disposal, I should be able to build a nice sturdy machine, and starting with the vertex pieces that form the frame seemed like a good place to begin construction.  The full story is at my blog here: