Oct.10, 2012

The "Respects Your Freedom" computer hardware product certification program of Free Software Foundation (FSF) encourages the creation and sale of hardware that will do as much as possible to respect your freedom and your privacy, and will ensure that you have control over your device.

On October 9th, 2012 the FSF announced the LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer by Aleph Objects, Inc as the first hardware product to achieve Respects Your Freedom certification.

The FSF began work on a hardware certification program in October 2010. They published criteria for hardware endorsement program: "To be certified, a hardware product must meet several standards that ensure it runs free software, allows users to modify that software, supports free data formats, and is usable with free tools. "

The desire to own a computer or device and have full control over it, to know that you are not being spied on or tracked, to run any software you wish without asking permission, and to share with friends without worrying about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) —these are the desires of millions of people who care about the future of technology and our society. Unfortunately, hardware manufacturers have until now relied on close cooperation with proprietary software companies that demanded control over their users. As citizens and their customers, we need to promote our desires for a new class of hardware — hardware that anyone can support because it respects your freedom.

The RYF certification mark given to AO-100 3D printers means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.

All hardware designs, software, and documentation of AO-100 3D Printers are provided under free licenses. Users can also get 90 days warranty and 1 year support. "You get it all — source code, design documents, and specifications — everything needed to control, tinker, fix, and improve upon every aspect of the printer. " says Jeff Moe, Founder of Aleph Objects, Inc.


  • Build Envelope: 200mm x 190mm x 100mm (7.9in x 7.5in x 3.9in)
  • Top Print Speed: 200mm/sec (7.9in/sec)
  • Print Tolerance: 0.2mm (0.008in) in X any Y axes. Z axis is dependent on layer thickness
  • Layer Thickness: 0.1mm (0.004in) to 0.75mm (0.029in), with optional nozzles: 0.25mm (0.01in), 0.35mm (0.014in), 0.5mm (0.02in), and 0.75mm (0.029in)
  • Operating Temperature (Extruder): 240C
  • Weight: 8.18kg (18lbs)
  • Overall sizes: 464mm x 483mm x 381mm (18.3in x 19in x 15in)

The AO-100 3D printer package is sold for $2,500 excl. tax. The product and components are available at their online store www.lulzbot.com.

Watch the video below the AO-100 3D printer in action.

Source: FSF


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