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* Jephias Gwamuri, Dhiogo Franco, Khalid Y. Khan, Lucia Gauchia and Joshua M. Pearce. [http://www.mdpi.com/2075-1702/4/1/3/html High-Efficiency Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Sustainable Development]. ''Machines'' 2016, '''4'''(1), 3; doi: 10.3390/machines4010003 [https://www.academia.edu/20326034/High-Efficiency_Solar-Powered_3-D_Printers_for_Sustainable_Development open access]
 
* Jephias Gwamuri, Dhiogo Franco, Khalid Y. Khan, Lucia Gauchia and Joshua M. Pearce. [http://www.mdpi.com/2075-1702/4/1/3/html High-Efficiency Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Sustainable Development]. ''Machines'' 2016, '''4'''(1), 3; doi: 10.3390/machines4010003 [https://www.academia.edu/20326034/High-Efficiency_Solar-Powered_3-D_Printers_for_Sustainable_Development open access]
* To build: First follow the [[Delta_Build_Overview:MOST| basic MOST Delta 3-D printer build instructions]]. Then print some [[Solar Panels holders (Solar powered delta)]] and finally use the more advanced and simplified electronics discussed in the paper.
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* To build: First follow the [http://www.appropedia.org/Delta_Build_Overview:MOST Delta 3-D printer build instructions]. Then print some [http://www.appropedia.org/Solar_Panels_holders_(Solar_powered_delta) Solar Panels holders (Solar powered delta)] and finally use the more advanced and simplified electronics discussed in the paper.
* You can upgrade to print with fluids (e.g. silicone) and do PCB milling: [[Multi-material additive and subtractive prosumer digital fabrication with a free and open-source convertible delta RepRap 3-D printer]]
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* You can upgrade to print with fluids (e.g. silicone) and do PCB milling: [http://www.appropedia.org/Multi-material_additive_and_subtractive_prosumer_digital_fabrication_with_a_free_and_open-source_convertible_delta_RepRap_3-D_printer Multi-material additive and subtractive prosumer digital fabrication with a free and open-source convertible delta RepRap 3-D printer]
  
 
'''What could you print with it?'''
 
'''What could you print with it?'''
 
* [[:Open source 3-D printing of OSAT|3D printable appropriate technology designs]]
 
* [[:Open source 3-D printing of OSAT|3D printable appropriate technology designs]]
* [[Applications of Open Source 3-D Printing on Small Farms]]
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* [http://www.appropedia.org/Applications_of_Open_Source_3-D_Printing_on_Small_Farms Applications of Open Source 3-D Printing on Small Farms]
  
  
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===Keywords===
 
===Keywords===
[[Appropriate Technology]]; [[Distributed Manufacturing]]; [[Open Source Hardware]]; [[Photovoltaic]]; [[Solar Energy]]; [[3D Printing]]; [[OSAT]]; [[off grid]]
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[[Appropriate Technology]]; [[Distributed Manufacturing]]; [[Open Source Hardware]]; [http://www.appropedia.org/Photovoltaics Photovoltaic]; [[Solar Energy]]; [[3D Printing]]; [[OSAT]]; off grid
  
 
==Presentation==
 
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==See Also==
 
==See Also==
* [[Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing]]
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* [http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source,_self-replicating_3-D_printer_factory_for_small-business_manufacturingOpen-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing]
 
* [[Distributed manufacturing with 3-D printing: a case study of recreational vehicle solar photovoltaic mounting systems]]
 
* [[Distributed manufacturing with 3-D printing: a case study of recreational vehicle solar photovoltaic mounting systems]]
* [[Global value chains from a 3D printing perspective]]
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* [http://www.appropedia.org/Global_value_chains_from_a_3D_printing_perspective Global value chains from a 3D printing perspective]
  
 
==In the News==
 
==In the News==

Revision as of 17:09, 27 February 2017

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What could you print with it?


Abstract

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The release of the open source 3-D printer known as the RepRap (a self-Replicating Rapid prototyper) resulted in the potential for distributed manufacturing of products for significantly lower costs than conventional manufacturing. This development, coupled with open source-appropriate technology (OSAT), has enabled the opportunity for 3-D printers to be used for sustainable development. In this context, OSAT provides the opportunity to modify and improve the physical designs of their printers and desired digitally-shared objects. However, these 3-D printers require electricity while more than a billion people still lack electricity. To enable the utilization of RepRaps in off-grid communities, solar photovoltaic (PV)-powered mobile systems have been developed, but recent improvements in novel delta-style 3-D printer designs allows for reduced costs and improved performance. This study builds on these innovations to develop and experimentally validate a mobile solar-PV-powered delta 3-D printer system. It is designed to run the RepRap 3-D printer regardless of solar flux. The electrical system design is tested outdoors for operating conditions: (1) PV charging battery and running 3-D printer; (2) printing under low insolation; (3) battery powering the 3-D printer alone; (4) PV charging the battery only; and (5) battery fully charged with PV-powered 3-D printing. The results show the system performed as required under all conditions providing feasibility for adoption in off-grid rural communities. 3-D printers powered by affordable mobile PV solar systems have a great potential to reduce poverty through employment creation, as well as ensuring a constant supply of scarce products for isolated communities.

Keywords

Appropriate Technology; Distributed Manufacturing; Open Source Hardware; Photovoltaic; Solar Energy; 3D Printing; OSAT; off grid

Presentation

Other Versions of Solar Powered 3-D Printers

See Also

In the News