FreeRunner Pricing and PVT update

Kevin Dean kevin at
Mon Apr 14 20:46:46 CEST 2008

The RapRep doesn't have the precision needed to build a Neo case, and
last I checked, didn't have varied enough base materials to make a
study, opaque, and APPEALING case. Put simply "multi-colored cases"
are purely a looks thing.

The CAD files are out there and someone who wanted to sell after
market cases and felt that there was sustainable demand to be
profitable doing it, could. I'm willing to bet that in typical mobile
phone fashion there will be a wide variety of stickers and shells for
the device long before there are new case kits.

For a single unit, it would probably be cheaper to buy a spare case
and have an automotive body expert paint it.

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 2:39 PM, Ian Darwin <ian at> wrote:
> >   Well I apologize for killing the orange/white model.  When I
>  > get to place where I can figure what colors everyone wants and in what
>  > ratios, then I can easily add colors. For now, folks are focused on the
>  > innards and not the cosmetics.
>  In the days of Henry Ford, it made sense to say "You can have any color you
>  like, as long as it's black". The next year, competitors went wild with colors,
>  leading to the frenzy of of new-car-year style changes that we put up with today. :-)
>  OTOH, today it does make sense to say it, because the CAD files are
>  up. And while nobody could afford to build their own Model T, today
>  many people that can afford a FreeRunner and that want fancy colors
>  can in fact build a RepRap (see
> and
>  make their own cases.
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