Replimat (also known as RepRap Building System) is an open source modular construction system anyone can make for themselves at home.
Replimat parts are infinitely reusable, require only a few tools, are flexible enough to build most things, and are compatible with other building systems. Machines made from Replimat can reproduce many of their own parts.
Parts are designed for disassembly, cradle-to-cradle reusability, and constructed from waste or other durable, reusable, renewable, recycled and recyclable materials. Each part forms a long lasting, multi-use carbon sink for the waste streams of other processes. Parts fit a modular grid of holes which permit bolting and unbolting at regular intervals. All parts interoperate along the same uniform pattern.
Self reproduction lowers cost, decentralizes production, localizes supply and demand, enables innovation, reduces inventory and storage requirements, spreads knowledge, and empowers individuals and small groups. Parts we haven't replicated yet are known as vitamins and must be sourced from existing processes or manufacturers.
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Reasons to use Replimat
- Build projects fast while having fun!
- Simple to learn and use
- Designed for disassembly and reuse
- Standard components drastically reduce inventory, manufacturing requirements
- Worldwide availability
- Interoperate with modular construction systems
- The right way is the easiest to copy.
- Design parts against grids to reduce complexity and increase modularity and reusability
- Parts which work together are built into reusable functional modules
- Functional modules are combined into project templates for customization
- Ask can this task be performed by a part which is already in the system?
- Ask can this part be made to perform more than one task in the system?
- Local production
- Consume reused, recycled, or renewable materials where possible - trash to treasure
- Common parts sets enable real time collaboration across distances
- Open source components, production processes, electronics, firmwares and software
- Reduce transformations wherever possible.
○ = Conceptualization and planning
◔ = Identifying vitamins and grid intersections
◑ = Documented and drawn in CAD
◕ = Examples built
● = Nothing more to remove
Brakes ◔, Carriage nuts ◔, Hinges ◔, Leadscrews ◔, Gears ◔, Chains ◔, Belts ◔, Pulleys and V wheels ◔, Rails ◔, Springs ◔, Sprockets ◔, Spindles ◔
Controllers ◕, Headers ◔, Magnets ◔, Motors ◕, Printed circuit boards ◑, Ring terminals ◑, Speakers ◕, Solder ◔, Soldering irons ◔, Switches ◔, Wires ◔
Hose clamps ◔, Fluid pumps ◔, Heat exchangers ◔, Hoses ◔, Pipe fittings ◔, O rings ◔
Hydraulic hoses ◔, Hydraulic couplers ◔, Hydraulic pumps ◔, Hydraulic valves ◔, Hydraulic motors ◔, Hydraulic pistons ◔, Hydraulic power units ◔
Air cylinders ◔, Pneumatic grippers ◔, Pressure regulators ◔, Push fit couplers ◔, Solenoid valves ◔, Teflon tapes ◔, Vacuum pumps ◔
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
Fans ◔, Dehumidifiers ○, Heat pumps ○, Insect nets ○
Ball and socket joints ◕
Cantilever supports ◔
Count by fives ◕
Dependent suspensions ◔
Fasten loosely until assembled ◕
Four bar linkages ◔
Independent suspensions ◕
Integrated wiring ◔
Jansen linkages ◔
Klann linkages ◔
Layering frames ◔
Mangle racks ◔
Peaucellier-Lipkin linkages ◔
Planetary gearing ◔
Points away from people ◕
Projects without tri joints ◔
Scissor linkages ◕
Stacking crates ◔
Steering knuckles ◔
Sun and planet gears ◔
Tensioning cords ◔
Three point hitch receivers ◔
Trapezoidal steering ◕
V wheels and angles ◕
Nuts inside frames ◕
Cutting frames ◕
Arbor presses ◔
Center punches ◔
Grommet punches ◔
Gear pullers ◕
Sanding blocks ◔
Tool organizers ◔
Health and safety
Water collection and purification modules
Keyboard, video, and mouse switches
Water collection systems
Automated drilling machines
Rotary welding positioners
Wire EDM machines
Plastic recycling centers
Knitting machines ◕