Morgan is all about a dream. A dream to make it easy for anyone in South Africa, or anywhere else in the world to build a 3D printer without needing exceedingly expensive materials, hard to find components, stuff that has to be shipped at sometimes more than the cost of the components, requiring advanced tools.
Bespoke components should be reasonably priced, and consumables available and affordable.
Morgan is to be a tool for creation, not a toy or end product. It should be used in education and must be affordable and safe enough for school kids to use.
It is codenamed after Thomas Hunt Morgan, a biologist and geneticist known for his extensive research on the Drosophila melanogaster (common fruit fly). He found that two very average looking flies could, through the propagation of latent genes, spawn many unusually looking offspring. This is exactly what Morgan aspires to be. The unusually looking offspring of the RepRAPs before it, drawing from the best of what is currently available but presenting it in a fresh efficient way.
2013 is the birth year of Morgan. And what a Year.
Morgan won 1st place in the interim Uplift prize for personal manufacturing and received incubation funding from the Gauteng Acceleration Program (GAP) for 2014.
2014 marked furious development in the Smoothie firmware, as well as a short collaboration with Robobeast 3D printers. Quentin helped implement Smoothieware to their machines and facilitated the move to a local variant of the Smoothieboard.
2015 saw the Morgan factory at H4H finally put into commission. Laser-cut versions, and of course the new concept, Lilian Morgan.
Since then Lilian has grown up. The Morgan Pro 2 is based on this concept and has gone from strength to strength. We have one of our first Pro 2’s in the workshop, still printing parts for new morgans every day.
2019 is the year of the development of the new concept, codenamed Isbel. Isabel Morgan was the daughter of Thomas and Lilian and a scientist in her own right. She did most of the initial work towards the Polio vaccine before she got married and retired from the scientific world.