Yesterday, I sent in the purchase order for most of the parts of the RepRap. It was decided that the SAE (imperial) version of the Prusa Mendel would be much more feasible here in the United States, mainly because it is harder to acquire metric nuts and bolts cheaply. The build is practically the same, with differently-sized holes in the plastic parts.
Also, the stepper motors that I was planning on using were no longer in stock. The new ones a bit more expensive, but they also include the plastic connectors, so that will ease the build process a bit. The SAE Prusa Mendel plastic parts I found on eBay were about $20.00 over the estimate of $80.00, but that does include shipping.
The updated budget with more details on the components are included below.
RepRap Project Cost Estimates (updated 8-28-11)
|Component||Details||Link||Cost + Shipping|
|RAMPS Electronics||RAMPS DIY Kit Complete + Optical Endstops Kits w/ wiring + PCB w/ presoldered SMT components||http://ultimachine.com/content/ramps-diy-kit-complete||$177.00 + ~$9.69 shipping = $294.19|
|Hot End||SuperPack (.50mm Hybrid)||http://www.makergear.com/products/operators-pack||$75.00 + ~$8.69 shipping = $83.69|
|Stepper Motors||5x Kysan 1124090 Nema 17 Stepper Motor||http://ultimachine.com/node/807||$107.50 (shipping inc. w/ RAMPS Electronics)|
|Hardware||Still to be sourced||$50.00|
|RepRapped Plastic Parts||RepRap Prusa Mendel PLA parts +Wade's, ready to use||$99.00 + $0.00 shipping = $99.00|