BFB Updates the Rapman

By on December 2nd, 2011 in printer


The venerable Rapman personal 3D printer has had a bit of an update, the first, we believe, since BFB was acquired by 3D Systems. The new version, 3.2, includes a few improvements on an already terrific 3D printer kit for assembly. Here’s what we see: 
  • Touchscreen interface, likely replicated from the Rapman’s big brother, the 3DTouch
  • USB stick interface to replace the SD card method. This will still require you to wander over to the machine, but at least now you don’t have to have a SD card slot on your PC. Again, a carry-over from the 3DTouch
  • The Rapman kit is now totally solder-free, meaning assembly is greatly simplified 
The simplification is something all kits can use, since a simpler assembly process likely means more people will get involved in 3D printing.  
The price remains at £795 or USD$1250. 

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!