Dec.2, 2013

3D printing is fast becoming an essential part of the electronic and mechanical design process. Thanks to the RepRap Project, anyone can now use 3D printing for small production runs.

RepRapPro announces today a new RepRap self-replicating 3D printer kit called Ormerod, after the entomologist Eleanor Ormerod. The Ormerod is claimed to be one of the most versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to expand in functionality, fast to replicate and can be assembled within 2 hours.

The Ormerod 3D printer features a heated bed, a working volume of 200 x 200 x 200mm, a lightweight high-powered hot-end with integral cooling fan that is ducted to cool the top of your print, a simple elegant drive for 1.75mm diameter filament, a pre-assembled wiring loom so you just plug the components together, an industry-standard ATX power supply, and three-point support for stability.

The RepRapPro Ormerod is a monochrome 3D printer configured to work with one type of plastic at a time. However, the RepRapPro Ormerod head is fundamentally designed to work with three deposition heads.

In addition, the Ormerod's electronics have been redesigned and now enable connectivity via a web browser. Its construction is also far simpler compared to its predecessor, the RepRapPro Mendel, which took two days to put together, on average.


  • Full open-source self-replicating RepRap
  • New 32-bit Arduino-compatible Duet electronics enable control via a web-browser
  • Wiring loom for simple plug-in connection – no soldering
  • IR probing for self-aligned printing – no bed adjustment required
  • Build volume: 210x190x140mm
  • Overall size: 500x460x410mm
  • Printing materials: ABS, PLA, 1.75mm diameter thermoplastic.
  • Build surface: PCB-heated bed to reduce complexity of assembly and to ensure parts do not warp.
  • Computer interface: USB
  • X-carriage: Three Z-adjustable deposition head mounts; one head supplied.
  • Standard nozzle size: 0.5mm
  • Accuracy: 0.1mm
  • Resolution: 0.0125mm
  • Building speed: 1,800 mm/min
  • Moving speed: 12,000 mm/min
  • Deposition rate: 33 cm3 / hr
  • Motion: Linear ball bearings on X and Y axes, Igus low friction bushings on Z axis.
  • Pre-soldered electronics with built-in microSD card slot for standalone printing.
  • Enhancements to the printed parts to improve the ease of assembly of the X and Y axes

Like all RepRap machines, RepRapPro Ormerod is fully open-source. It is licensed under the GPL.

"When I started the whole RepRap project I thought that it stood a chance of working," said Adrian Bowyer, one of RepRapPro's directors. "By working, I mean that if you were to put the machine together it would print its own plastic parts. But I didn't expect there to be scores of RepRap-based companies all over the world just a few years later, and to be helping to run one myself. So RepRap also works as a global social and economic phenomenon, as well as an engineering success. And, of course, we are delighted that a major distributor like RS sees it the same way."

Hardware-only Ormerod kits, without the 3D printed parts, will be available soon for those wanting to use their Ormerod to make Ormerod printers for other people.

The RepRapPro Ormerod is shipped as kit of parts containing all the components required to get you printing. A limited edition of the first 500 new RepRap Ormerods, complete with certificate of authenticity numbered one to 500 signed by RepRap creator Adrian Bowyer, is being exclusively distributed by the renowned RS Components in conjunction with their free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software.

The price for the New RS Ormerod full 3D printer kit is £499 (USD817, EUR602).

RepRapPro will be selling Ormerods directly in the new year.

Latest Documentation/build notes can be found here.

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Wing wrote at 12/23/2013 2:29:30 PM:

The design reminds me strongly of the PrintBot Jr. and PrintrBot Simple designs.

JF43FR wrote at 12/4/2013 5:25:21 PM:

" IR probing for self-aligned printing – no bed adjustment required " From what I read, it is a NEAR FUTURE expected feature.

Chris wrote at 12/4/2013 11:57:30 AM:

How wobbly is that overhead arm?

Ken wrote at 12/3/2013 3:45:03 PM:

reminds me of the Bukito printer that debuted last Spring. Yours have some software tweaks.

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