South African Quentin Harley’s new 3D printer is an unusual, but potentially groundbreaking, design.
Quentin Harley describes himself as a self-taught hacker from Centurion, just north of Johannesburg in South Africa. He’s a softly-spoken engineer for Siemens and a member of a local makers collective, House4Hack.
Harley comes across as jovial and modest, so the first time he tells you that he might have reinvented the homebrew 3D printer — a technology barely old enough to consider itself invented, let alone in need of a makeover — he sounds like he’s joking. And yet his proposal for “the next default RepRap design”, which features a diamond printhead assembly along the lines of SCARA construction robots, is deadly serious.
Like all the best African inventions, his new design — christened the RepRap Morgan — was born of necessity.