Who Is The RapMan?

By on February 25th, 2010 in Hardware


We’ve covered the very popular RapMan 3D printer kit on several occasions previously, but there’s something a little mysterious about them. We noticed their website and branding changed. We see a new name: “Bits From Bytes”. What’s going on? Clarification arrived from their spokesperson, Rachel Park, who explains:

Bits from Bytes (BfB, is how they now want to be known) is the manufacturer of the RapMan kit and RapMan Pro 3D printer. A1 Technologies did work closely with BfB during early development of the kit, however A1 is a global distributor of the hardware for BfB. The BfB RapMan and BfB RapMan Pro (again, this is how the products will be marketed going forward) is just one product line in a growing portfolio of advanced but low cost 3D products supplied by A1 Technologies. The portfolio also includes the 3D David laser scanner for which A1 is also a distributor. However, the Chameleon 3D design package that A1 supplies utilises proprietary software.

So to summarize: A1 Technologies is the distributor of the BfB RapMan line of 3D printer kits. They are also distributors for a variety of other 3D technology.

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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  1. The RapMan 3.1 3D printer is manufactured by Bits from Bytes (BfB) at its factory in Clevedon, North Somerset. It is in fact a development of RepRap, which was conceived at Bath University and BfB were the first to market a complete set of parts based on the RepRap project. Bits from Bytes were also the first to offer a 3D printer for less than £1,000.

    RapMan 3.1 won the Digital Devices Award at the BETT Awards, the education “Oscars”, which celebrate the best and most innovative technology solutions available for school classrooms worldwide. Bits from Bytes worked closely with education professionals to ensure the machine was as pupil-friendly as possible. A1 Technologies are a valued outlet for the product.

    We are now well advanced on producing an affordable, preassembled 3D printer for the commercial and hobby market. To keep up to date on the latest information see our website http://www.bitsfrombytes.com.

    Ian Adkins, Technical Director, Bits from Bytes.

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