Welcome to the Thames Valley RepRap User Group. We are a group of people who live in the Thames Valley. We aim to encourage ultra low cost 3d printing (a.k.a. 3d printing) in all its forms but we are particularly interested in RepRap printers and their derivatives. One of our main activities is getting groups of people to come together to build RepRap Prusa Mendels. However, we also aim to help and support other builders - of RepRaps and other models.
We are fortunate also in having the skills of an electronics expert and several people with experience of RepRap-style 3D printers, which means that some of the design is improved over a standard Prusa.
The initial build covered 20 people, with the parts being printed by those within the group that already have RepRaps.
A second round build is currently being planned.
We are currently finishing the build of the second version for our Thames Valley Prusa RepRap You are invited to provide your contact details for taking part in the next TVRRUG build.
If you are interested in joining the user group, to participate in the future rounds or for any other reason (such as wanting to show off your working printer or asking for advice about your slightly less than working one) then your first port of call should be to join the TVRepRapUG mailing list.
However, we kept on coming second to a speed dating event - so we tend to meet up at Copa when there is a Fifth Tuesday in the month.
Otherwise, meetings tend to be arranged at the Reading Hackspace (see below for details) as and when workshops are required to assist TVRRUG builders, troubleshoot other machines or develop some new RepRap based ideas/components.
A significant amount of the day-to-day organisation of the build group happens on IRC:
The IRC channel covers things like low-level progress reports, coordination between the people printing parts, fixing machines, and general discussion of 3D printing.
We hold regular meet-ups in IRC on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, from 20:00 onwards. This is when more people are likely to be around in the IRC channel, but there's usually a core of regulars around most days between 9 am and midnight.
If you don't want to hang around on IRC, then the important things (like decisions about parts for the build group, and schedules for distribution of equipment) are covered on the mailing list, or handled direct over email by Malcolm.
Etherpad page for doing collaborative note-making and document-writing, if we need it.
Member locations and other useful venues to help planning events.