Building a RepRap 3D Printer [Video]

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  • Understand the evolution of RepRap and the dynamics of open hardware innovation
  • Quickly assemble an i3 Berlin 3D printer
  • Safely connect all the cables and calibrate your 3D printer for perfect 3D prints
  • Become familiar with the most important 3D-print settings in Slic3r
  • Get to know the different print materials and how to make multimaterial objects
  • Explore KISSlicer and Cura path generator
  • Experiment with alternative solutions and software
  • Troubleshoot and prevent printing problems with ease

3D printers are designed to build solid three-dimensional objects of any shape using a digital model. This amazing technology will shape the future and as one of the first low-cost 3D Printers, RepRap have made this a democratic technology. RepRap stands for Replicating Rapid Prototyper, and the technology is capable of self-replicating most of its parts, which can then be used to build another RepRap printer. The open source movement made this revolution possible and you can be a part of it.

This video course teaches you how to make a 3D printer for yourself and calibrate and adjust it perfectly. You will get to know how to solve and prevent common problems and discover alternative solutions to tailor your 3D printer to your liking and needs. You will learn how to assemble parts for your 3D printer and build it with ordinary tools and skills. The course starts off with assembling of the Y-Unit and the XZ-Unit before moving on to the extruder and wiring. Next, you will be shown how to execute some simple calibrations and suddenly you're printing in 3D with your very own 3D printer. By the end of the video, you will be a junior 3D printing expert. This 3D printer used for demonstration in this course is especially designed for easy assembly and use, and gives you a head start in building your own 3D-printers for now and for the future.

Style and Approach

Packt video courses are designed to cover the breadth of the topic in short, hands-on, task-based videos. Each course is divided into short manageable sections, so you can watch the whole thing or jump to the bit you need. The focus is on practical instructions and screencasts showing you how to get the job done.

A well-structured video course with step-by-step assembly instructions and the latest insights from the RepRap community.

  • Screw it together, wire it up, calibrate it, and print the world in 3D
  • Understand your 3D printer from inside out; tinker, play, modify, and experiment with it
  • Clear and professionally recorded videos that lead you directly to your goal and assist you in case things get difficult
Course Length 2 hours 10 minutes
ISBN 9781783286393
Date Of Publication 29 Jun 2014


Bram de Vries

Bram de Vries is a mechanical engineer and social scientist dedicated to open hardware. He has previously worked at Demotech (, developing pro-poor technologies in Guatemala, Ethiopia, and India.

The overarching aim of his work is to open up innovations and make them accessible. For the last four years, his focus has moved from water pumps to open source 3D printing. He also tutors Blender courses.

Morris Winkler

Morris Winkler is a software developer from Germany and has worked for several years on mobile computing platforms. He also helped create the Arm processor port for the Debian/GNU operating system. From 2004 to 2010, he worked in Barcelona, Spain, with Xarxa Sense Fils to create a co-operative Internet service provider and helped cover the Catalan capital with a freely accessible wireless network. The project has since joined, the biggest Open Access wireless network on the European continent. In 2011, he began to use open source hardware for 3D Printing, and in 2012 started a company with Bram de Vries to support enthusiasts and newcomers to the scene. Since then, he has developed an enhanced version of the Prusa i3 3D Printer and follows a few other projects based around open source 3D printing.

Sam Muirhead

Sam Muirhead is a videographer focused on open source, open knowledge, and the maker movement. Having started making music videos in New Zealand, and after that moving to Berlin in 2009, Sam got involved in documentaries and web video. In 2012, he started the project “Year of Open Source”, whose idea was to live as “open source” as possible. This included adapting the concept of open source to every aspect of life. The results of his research and projects are documented in blog posts and videos on He uses only free/libre/open source software for video production, and runs workshops in video editing with Kdenlive. He prefers to license his work with free culture licenses and aims to incorporate more open source hardware into his workflow. See more of his work at