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Replimat is creating a world which each person can change to suit their unique needs.

This wiki documents a building system which requires only a few hand tools, is compatible with other building systems, and makes more of itself. A small number of parts are reused in many different ways to build many things most people need including tools needed to make more parts.

Replimat parts are designed for disassembly and cradle-to-cradle reusability, and constructed wherever possible from waste or other durable, reusable, renewable, recycled and recyclable materials. Replimat components form a durable, repurposable, mult-use carbon sink for the waste streams of other processes. Component parts which cannot yet be replicated are known as vitamins.

Self reproduction lowers cost, decentralizes production, localizes supply and demand, enables innovation, shortens supply lines, reduces inventory and storage requirements, and encourages the reproduction and spread of knowledge and empowerment.

Replimat is open source hardware, free, libre, and open-source software, and an example of the open design movement. The Replimat project follows a community code of conduct.

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

Design goals

  • The right way is the easiest to copy.
  • Design parts against the replimat grid to reduce complexity and increase modularity and reusability
  • favor parts which can be locally reproduced and have wide application
  • enable local production via locally made machines
  • consume waste materials for use as raw materials wherever possible - trash to treasure
  • promote pools of compatible parts, within which innovation can happen as fast as communication
  • strive toward openness and wide application of all components, production processes, firmwares and software
  • Avoid unnecessary material transformations. Reduce modifications to standard parts wherever possible.

Parts

Structures

Adjustable feet

Motions

Springs, Gears and sprockets, Belts, Pulleys

Electrics

Wires, Motors, Magnets, Solar panels, Controllers, Speakers, Switches

Fluids

Hoses, Clamps, Couplers, Fluid pumps, Exchangers

Hydraulics

Hydraulic hoses, Hydraulic couplers, Hydraulic pumps, Hydraulic valves, Hydraulic motors, Hydraulic pistons, Hydraulic power units

Pneumatics

Air cylinders, Pneumatic grippers

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)

Fans

Techniques

Fasten loosely until assembled
Trusses
Scissor linkages
Peaucellier-Lipkin linkages
Klann linkages
Jansen linkages
Four bar linkages
Trapezoidal steering
Independent suspensions
Ball and socket joints
Points away from people
Integrated wiring
Bolting
V wheels and angles
Movement: straight line
Movement: live hinges
Movement: rotational
Movement: under no circumstances
Projects without tri joints
Stacking crates
Splicing frames
Three point hitches

Techniques to avoid (which sometimes work)

Nuts inside frames

Projects

Hand tools

Grommet punches
Gear pullers

Power tools

Lights
Flashlights
Soldering irons
Multimeters
Chain saws
Drill bits

Organization

Furniture

Booths
Easels
Work lights
Cubicles
Platforms

Assistive devices

Wheelchairs

Automation

Linear actuators

Energy

Thermal batteries

Transportation

Trucks
Passenger trailers
Scooters
Kayaks
Transmissions

Health and safety

Water filters
Face masks
Bathrooms
Ramps
Railings

Shelters

Bus stops
Trailer habitats
Cycle habitats
Towers

Information

Home assistants
Cameras
Camera dollies
Computers
Keyboards
Projectors
Mesh communicators
Phones
Signs
Keyboard, video, and mouse switches

Heavy equipment

Forklifts
Front loaders
Cranes

Agriculture

Wheelbarrows
Carts
Chicken tractors
Kitchens
Dishwashers
Grow cabinets
Greenhouses
Harvest spinners
Harvest bubblers
Harvest hangers
Tractors
Milking parlors
Pellet presses
Farm robots
Trellises
Fences
Soil blockers
Ploughs

Manufacturing

Assembly lines
Conveyor systems
Hangers
Saw stands
Lumber mills
Drill presses
Automated drilling machines
Punch presses
Plasma cutters
Metal mills
Sheet brakes
Copy carvers
Potter's wheels
Kilns
3D printers
Planers (Thicknessers)
Power tools
Plastic recycling centers
Robot arms
Scaffolding
Stands
Table saws
Vacuforming machines
Pallet jacks
Rotary welding positioners
Wire EDM machines

Recycling

Shredders

Repair

Hoists

Textiles

Drum carders
Washing Machines
Table looms
Screen printers
Bobbin Winders

Lifecycles

Ways to help