So, have been playing with the RepRap, and while it's mostly amusing, I get really tired of it working just fine, then some minor thing goes askew/awry, then have to take have the dang machine apart as fixing that causes or shows up a much larger issue.
So far we've had to disassemble the darn thing once a week... and it's annoying as all hell.
Also, we're stuck with a 190mm (x) by 160mm (y) by 90mm (z) axis maximums, even though the official build area is supposed to be 200x200x100. Have some thoughts on how to fix it, but it basically involves rebuilding the machine... again... and perhaps having another few weeks of random rebuilds to fix the minor issues. At this point I'm not interested in fixing anything on the darn thing unless I can get it to work properly for a week.
Tried to stop by TechShop as the Bay Area RepRap club meets at the SJ location.... seems they can't be bothered with proper sales, I was there for all of about 30 seconds before they where trying to shove me out the door to talk exclusively to my husband... bad move as they've likely lost the pair of us as potential customers. We where going to ask them a few questions and such but they apparently have screwed up process about things, and the fact that (as normal for me) I wasn't wearing closed toed shoes they didn't want to talk to me at all.... or maybe it's the husband/wife pair walk in obviously it's the husband who wants the membership... not the wife who actually has the ability to get there at times the hubby can't.... considering we mostly wanted access to a laser cutter, with what they want for a years membership, I'll just buy a cheap one, or pay the same as two years and get a large one I hate idiot sales critters.