One of the unfortunate side effects of designing dozens of printers, constantly upgrading them and iterating wildly is I am left with a huge pile of retired parts I can not sell.
Solution: give them away to kids who are short on finds but long on design skills and passion.
Problem: finding them.
Second problem: getting them to realize free means no support ;)
If this sounds like you and you are ok to work away at a crazy design without official customer support... Except for untold thousands of forum posts, documentation and community help... Then respond here.
Even teachers who want teach Design and 3d printing can respond.
I have no idea how I will check to see if you are for real, so be kind ;)
After getting about 100 pounds of retired parts together (for free) for a polite student that has convinced his teacher to let the whole class build 3d printers, I am inspired to arm more students or classes.
The bots that emerge will definitely be frankenbots, but the bones are all there. I have many more parts just taking up space and would love to give them a new home. I have old working versions of printrboards, used but working ceramic hotends, 12mm bars and bearing blocks, 12mm z blocks... Wires of odd lengths... The whole shebang.
If designing to order using my dumpster dives sounds fun- apply here. Not for the faint of heart, but I bet you will learn something.
I don't promise everything you need will be there, but everything you lack is out there. Somewhere.
I mentioned this to my customer support guy who almost fainted, but I'm doing it anyway. More 3d printer companies should do this! Bre Pettis once sent me a few hundred hotend parts from the retired cupcake to pass on to students.. That's the spirit!
So who is in?
All I ask is you publish the open source plans you come up with... Make it a RepRap... And post your results.
Crossing fingers... Holding breath...
I found a 3D model of the vehicle online, tweaked it a bit, and printed it out this evening. I'm going to use this as practice for finishing 3D prints into more professional looking pieces.
After some sanding, priming, and painting, this should be a very nice scale model. Next step after that is doing it twice the size...
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