RepRap Family Tree

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RepRap Family Tree by watsdesign Jun 6, 2011

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Did you ever wonder about the history of the reprap ?


It's a visualization of the evolution of the reprap and some other 3d-printers over time (with 150+ projects now, and updated every 2-3 months).

"In the core team, we see what I will call a punctuated animal model of evolution while the larger reprap community is a very vibrant bacterial model." -Forrest Higgs (16-01-2009), about the evolution model of the reprap.

Why oshw is great ? Because it's alive muahaha !

[01/11/2011] update 3.2
[07/01/2012] update 3.3
[14/04/2012] update 4.0
[29/10/2012] Now on github ! https://github.com/EmmanuelG/OpenHardwarePhylogenetics/tree/master/RepRap%20Family%20Tree


1) Choose a file (.ai, .svg, .pdf, .png) and print-it-yourself or buy a poster at Zazzle if you prefer http://bit.ly/k5GbJJ

2) Look at what have been done in only some years.

3) Make the futur.

But remember : never expose a printer to bright lights (especially sunlight, which will kill it); never get it wet; and never feed it after midnight ;P

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What would be necessary to do something similar for the Firmwares, and the electronics? It would be really useful

It would be easier for the firmware/electronics, since they have less variations than repraps :)

I may try to do that when I'll have some time to look for the infos (mostly release dates), and started to note them on the wiki page (was also thinking to do that for the evolution of the extruders ^^).

After aggregating all that, I hesitated to organize the printers by how their platform move (only Z for most of the cubic shapes, YZ for Up/Orca/Mosaic, XY for makerbot and some repstrap, only Y for the mendel childs; plus a special category fore the delta, rotating or arm based concept).

I wonder if there is a preferable strategy... (Y and YZ seems good for the external volume)

So why is the ultimaker derived from Darwin? AFAIK the only relation is that they first broke their teeth on building a Darwin, but their design has none of it's features. Their cartesian gantry owes some tribute to fab in a box (and probably some others that use a similar mechanism).

At first it wasn't linked to Darwin, but when asking on the #reprap IRC some people pointed that (and many other things I then corrected). But I tend to agree with you, and will re-remove that for the next update :-[

All feedbacks to improve the chart are welcome :)

Wooo! the Type A Mk 1 is there!

Its spirtually an ultimaker child... but I'd not bother changing that till the damn thing is finished.

thanks for the info, I will place it near the ultimaker for the next version so :)

The first one to create a loop wins. :-D

Ooh yay, IKBot got a mention. I really need to work on that some more.

But, it's always after midnight somewhere! ;-)