Two of the biggest names in low-cost open-source 3D printing are getting together: eMaker Ltd and RepRap Ltd.
Jean-Marc Giacalone’s company eMaker has already supplied over 300 RepRap self-replicating open-source 3D printers to the world. RepRap Ltd is Adrian Bowyer’s family company. Adrian invented RepRap, and he is the person who started the global revolution in low-cost open-source 3D printing.
These two men, and their two companies, have pooled their resources to form a new joint enterprise: RepRapPro Ltd. The new company will be mass-marketing RepRap 3D printers, running a 3D print bureau using them, and organizing training and education in all things RepRap.
Sally Bowyer is the third member of the team. Under Sally’s supervision as Production Manager, RepRap Ltd has printed over 250 sets of RepRap parts for sale to the community.
She said, “The two companies have been collaborating informally for some time. We have now decided to form a new bigger joint company so that we can expand more quickly. Open-source has been a solid business proposition in the software industry for years. The growth of RepRap shows that it works brilliantly for hardware too. RepRapPro and both its parent companies are dedicated to the idea of freely shared technical information that RepRap embodies.”
In addition to being a director of RepRapPro, Adrian Bowyer is also a senior lecturer at Bath University in the UK. He said, “I started RepRap six years ago as pure academic research, just to see if the idea of a public free self-replicating manufacturing machine might work. It has succeeded far beyond any bounds that would have seemed reasonable at its inception, and so I now spend my whole research time on this one project. Indeed, I shall retire from the university next summer so that I can devote all my energies to RepRap worldwide and to RepRapPro Ltd.”
The new company is running a RepRap 3D-printer campaign for Christmas on IndieGoGo.com. Jean-Marc Giacalone said, “We ran a similar campaign this summer to sell $30,000 worth of RepRaps. We ended up selling $159,000 worth of them. RepRap has a habit of growing exponentially…”
RepRap Professional Ltd, 106 Old England Way, Peasedown St John, Bath BA2 8SW, UK.