Currently, many of today’s 3D printers include timing belt drives. Timing belt drives have become a low-maintenance, cost-effective alternate drive for applications that are suited for positioning and linear movement, such as 3D printing. 3D printers operate by timing belts and pulleys that drive stepper motors in the X and Y dimensions. The T2.5, T5, and Powerhouse 2 mm pitches are all commonly used drives in 3D printing.
RepRap was a project founded in 2005 by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering from the UK. The company develops 3D printers that are made to print most of their own parts. Currently, there are four RepRap 3D printers: Prusa Mendel, Mendel, Darwin, and Huxley – released in 2010.
RepRap has a growing hobbyist community aside from their already large engineering and technology communities. Many companies have already started offering kits that include all or some of the necessary parts to get started in building your own 3D printer, all within the past year. Because of their cost-effective design and early adoption, the 16-2P06M6CA5 and 20-2P06M6FA5 timing pulleys and 1164-2P-06 timing belt have gained significant notoriety in these expanding communities.
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