Prusa 3D printer Hephestos is an open source 3D printer designed and developed by the bq Department of Innovation and Robotics. Hephestos is based on the Prusa i3 and adds several improvements to other printers like PowerCode. Parts were developed by the RepRap community with modifications and new parts added by bq.
Absolutely everything you need is included here, from full colour instructions and video tutorials to novel safety features not seen on any other RepRaps.
In this project learners will assembly our 3d printer kit to build a properly functioning device. Using our specialist software, they can begin designing and printing. This project is ideal for a group of 4 pupils and can span from 6-10 hours for assembly, coverage of our presentation material and completion of our learner pack. The best bit about it this printer is that, with a one off purchase you could dismantle it and reassemble it with another group of young engineers!
How does 3D printing work?
It starts with constructing a 2D image or a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modelling program. 3D printing takes thee digital files generated from CAD and transforms them into real world products by extruding a plastic filament.
What is a 3D printer?
A 3D printer is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. It’s a creation of 3D objects using additive process, in which layers of material are successfully laid down until the desired 3D object is achieved. It is a rapidly changing technology that has exciting potential for designers and industries all over the globe. With seemingly endless manufacturing possibilities, 3D printers can create everyday items, spare parts, complex tools and much more in just a short space of time.
The extruder reduces the risk of blockages and lets you print with a wider range of filaments including:
How does the project fit in with STEM?
- Understanding the types of materials used in the construction.
- Learning the extraction methods of raw materials used in this project.
- Considering the tensile strength of the materials used.
- Using existing knowledge of magnetism and understanding how motors work.
- Provides an opportunity to develop children’s ability to understand technological advances by using a computer based program to create a 3D object.
- Understanding the functionalities of the electronic components.
- Assembly of kit by using specialist equipment.
- Following an assembly manual and video.
- Ability to calculate and convert dimension and angles of a 2D object into a 3D object using a simple formula.