Thursday, September 13, 2012

To Mendel or to Rostock? That's the question...

Since Dr Adrian Bowyer started with the whole 3D printing RepRap story, a lot of derivatives of his first self-replicating 3D printer (Darwin) and its more popular iteration (Mendel) have been developed by an ever growing RepRap community of tinkerers/makers.

However, a new 3D printing project started last year by Johann may add some new blood to the gene pool. Johann developed the Rostock printer.

Where the 'classical' RepRaps are all cartesian 3D printing robots (x, y & z axis), Johann went for the Delta-type 3D printing robot.

All this makes me question which path to follow; hence the title "To Mendel or to Rostock? That's the question". Let me work a bit on this one; I'll be back (soon?).


1 comment:

  1. I think it really depends on your level of mechanical expertise and whether you have 3D printer experience already. For the first timer, Mendel is probably the way to go since it is a bit easier. Rostock has its benefits, but there is a bit more setup and calibration required that might be daunting for the first time user.