Remember RepRap Morgan, the South African-designed 3D printer which won a prestigious international award for improving the base design of the RepRap printer a few months ago? The SCARA-armed robot and its creator, Quentin Harley, have another trophy for the cabinet – and cash in the bank – as they scooped third place at an awards ceremony on Friday night at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.
Morgan was competing for a place in the ICT strand of the Gauteng Accelerator Program (GAP), against some 200 other entrants in four different areas. The prize means another R45 000 cash for Harley, to go with the R200 000 from the Gauda prize award, as well as R105 000 in seed funding and a place in the Innovation Hub’s Maxum Business Incubator.
With a bit of luck, that will mean Harley will be able to dedicate full time resources to developing Morgan. Kits to build Morgan are sometimes available from Open Hardware, in Durban, but based on very limited stock. Hopefully Morgan, which is cheaper and easier to build than a standard RepRap Prusa, will go into commercial production.
Morgan was developed by Harley at his home and House4Hack in Centurion, a makerspace created by fellow 3D printing enthusiasts as well as coders of all flavours and other hardware hackers. The innovative RoboHand, a design for a low cost prosthetic for people with missing fingers, recently moved into H4H where the creator hopes to build a small-scale factory of RepRap-type printers.
We’ll update tomorrow with a full list of winners from the GAP awards and an interview with Harley.
In the meantime, here’s a video interview with Harley from earlier this year.