D&T Practice. The DATA magazine
D&T Practice- the Design & Technology publication for professionals - Published by DATA The Design & Technology Association, (issue4 2010) has published a feature on RapMan. The article explains about Technology Supplies Ltd (TSL) - the exclusive distributor of RapMan to Education in the UK, showcasing RapMan at BETT 2010. It goes on to explain that BfB and RapMan was the winner of a BETT award for "Best Digital Device". Also there are details of the pilot RapMan Project that is now running in schools in Scotland. The schools showcased their RapMan Machines at the Celebration for Science Event in Glasgow on June 11th 2010. Media:DATA_RapMan.PDF
Becta / BETT Film released
The film has finally been released 1/4/2010
Have a look at it here Becta film
The film was made for Becta (the UK government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning), This is a a result of Bits from Bytes winning a BETT Award for "best digital device".
From the North Somerset Times newspaper 10/2/2010
A MACHINE developed and manufactured in Clevedon with the help of the town's school pupils has won a prestigious national education award. The RapMan 3.1 3D printer allows pupils to simply 'print' plastic objects after designing them using computer-aided design software. It was created by Bits from Bytes and has now been given the digital devices award at the annual BETT awards, which are held to recognise excellence in educational ICT. Bits from Bytes, which is based in Hither Green Industrial Estate, worked closely with education professionals to ensure the machine was as pupil-friendly as possible. Bits from Bytes technical director Ian Adkins said: "We have worked very hard to ensure the RapMan meets the needs of teachers delivering the national curriculum. "We have had great support from Dave White at Clevedon School to test it and provide feedback so that we can refine it." Students are involved in the project from the very start when they have to build the RapMan use the software and then print a prototype product. Much of the machine is made of transparent plastic allowing students to observe and understand the manufacturing process from start to finish. Bits from Bytes is now producing and marketing the printer in kit form as well as working on an affordable 3D printer that can be sold to the commercial market. Kits are now in educational establishments across the UK and have been selling in America, Columbia and New Zealand.
RapMan on the BBC
RapMan, BfB and Clevedon School on the BBC news. Feb 2010
See the YouTube video BBC Points West
BETT Awards 2010
Rapman recieves BETT Award....
The BETT Awards is an annual scheme that highlights exemplar digital products intended for the education marketplace. The BETT Awards is produced by Emap Connect, the organisers of the largest educational technology show in the world - BETT. The BETT Awards is made possible by working in association with Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education, and BESA, the trade association representing the educational supply industry.
With over 700 attendees present, the BETT Awards was its biggest yet. BETT received around 300 entries, all of which impressed the judges. They worked tirelessly to narrow down the entries to create a fantastic shortlist and then to select the very deserving winners.
Richard Joslin, exhibition director at EMAP said: "Congratulations go to all the winners of the 2010 BETT Awards and finalists, who each reflect excellence in educational ICT. The 2010 BETT Awards received a huge number of entries demonstrating its highly-regarded and coveted nature within the industry. The BETT Awards provide educators with a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best resources and suppliers driving forward innovation, creativity and learning within schools and class rooms the world over".
More details see the post on the blog Rapman blog
More details of the BETT awards BETT Awards Page
RapMan will be at the BETT Show January 2010 BETT Show
Congratulations to Ian and Iain and all who are associated with BfB
December 2009 Futurelab Vision magazine from Futurelab published an article about 3D printing. RepRap, Bits from Bytes and RapMan feature in this. Interesting reading....
Futurelab is an independent not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning, making it more relevant and engaging to 21st century learners through the use of innovative practice and technology.
Vision Magazine is distributed to all UK schools. To sign up for a printed copy visit their website subscribe
World Reprap Map
No Date. Have a look at the Google Maps "World RepRap Map". Amazing to see how many RepRappers there are out there. Have you added yourself to the map? (I think it's becoming a standard that RapMan owners indicate themselves with a red marker). Link to RepRap Map
Note: To add yourself to the map I think you need to set up a google account then click the "sign-in" link then above the title "World RepRap Map" there is an edit button.
16 November 2009 BfB wiki gets a major plug on the "Thingiverse Blog" (about the skeinforge manual) Blog
Rapman Build on Flickr
August 2009. Alexander Wiethoff (Munich, Germany) documents building a Rapman with a timelapse video on Flickr
August 2009. Buying a Rapman- comments by Forrest Higgs (an experienced RepRapper) on the RepRap Blog-Blog entry
CAD/CAM in Schools
No Date. The CAD/CAM in schools programme aims...
- To ensure all secondary schools in the UK have access to CAD/CAM
- In English schools, the scheme seeks to provide support for the teaching of CAD/CAM at Key Stage 3 and beyond
- To use software provided by PTC, Delcam and Speed Step to enhance and develop the use of CAD/CAM in the design and technology curriculum
- To ensure all teachers using the software with students are adequately trained in both the use of the software and the appropriate curriculum applications
- To ensure all students can make maximum use of the software, including at home
- To provide an effective scheme which is well communicated to all parties
- To develop industrial links with companies which will provide realistic contacts for schools.
Funding from the Training and Development Agency, has enabled provision of nine Dimension BST 768 machines and a number of Rapman machines. CAD/CAM in Schools Website
- "RepRap: Bits from Bytes RepMan arrived!" a video by Batist Leman on Youtube. April 2009
- "About the RepMan" a video by Batist Leman on YouTube, August 2009.
June 2009, 13 year old David Baker awarded patent for pen projector... also uses RapMan Link
Rapman Schools Launch
Iain and Iain present Rapman to Dave White (Head of D&T) and students at Clevedon School, April 2009.