The RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel 3D printer is a Replicating Rapid-prototyping machine, or RepRap for short. It is an open-source derivative of the equally open-source RepRap Project which was started at Bath University, UK, in 2004. The machine uses a process known a Fused Filament Fabrication, which it employs to build 3-dimensional objects in a range of plastics and in a variety of colours. This process enables the user to create almost any shape which can be modelled on a computer, including some which could not be produced by traditional manufacturing techniques at all. Many examples of the objects people have made with Mendel and similar machines can be found can be found in the online repositories listed here.
The RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel is one of the most versatile 3D printers available in terms of the number of materials it can work with at once. Its primary design goals were to offer a printer which is easy to expand in functionality, which is low-cost, which is fast to replicate, and which is fast to assemble and to commission. Since its inception at the start of 2012, the RepRapPro Mendel Range has undergone brisk development and heavy testing.
RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel specifications
The specifications of the Complete RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Kit and the RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Hardware Set are identical.
What’s in the Complete Kit and in the Hardware Set?
The Complete RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Kit includes all components required to get you printing. The RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Hardware Set has everything in the Complete Kit except the 3D-printed parts of the Tricolour Mendel machine.
To 3D-print a full set of Tricolour Mendel parts to go with the RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Hardware Set the files are in ourGithub repository.
Software to run the machine is also provided with both, including the firmware for the electronics.
Contents of the Complete RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Kit and the RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel Hardware Set both include:
The above contents are subject to improvement without notice. Complete Kits will always be provided with all components required to get you printing. Hardware Sets will always be provided with all components required to get you printing except the 3D-printed parts. The colours of the supplied filament will not always match those illustrated.
How to build RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel
You can find detailed instructions for building your RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel here. There is also information there on how to get support.
The design files to allow you to print one for yourself, along with all the software and electronics, are here on Github.
We sell spare parts for RepRapPro Tricolour Mendel. See the Components page for items we have available.
Current lead times are listed in our FAQs