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Rapid RepRap Disassembly

Old with the old (RepRap) and in with the new (RepRap)…

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Part of the process of [re]building my new RepRap 3D Printer involved disassembly of my old RepRap 3D Printer. It felt strange at first taking it apart, probably because of all the hours I spent putting it together, but it also felt sort of exhilarating.

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Wow! I forgot how many nuts and bolts went into building a Prusa Mendel. The BOM calls for nearly 90 M8 nuts. The good news is, I can reuse all of these components. I don’t think I’ll have to buy any M8 nuts or washers for quite some time, and the threaded rod should come in useful in the future.

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Here are all the components I reclaimed. I disposed of all the printed plastic parts, though I will admit that inspecting them before disposal gave me a few ideas for how parts should be designed.

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