Building Rostock 3D printer (part 0 – off of bucket list!)

I’ve had this dream for about 3 years now.  I want a 3D printer!  Whenever my wife asks me “What do you want it for?”  I keep giving answers like:  “Ah, you’ll see…” or “It’s a secret…”.  The matter of fact though is that I don’t know really know what I want it for.  I do have a few ideas, but nothing concrete… and certainly not something that justifies spending that much money.  Here’s the thing though,  my dad bought an Apple IIe when I was a kid and I’m pretty sure he didn’t know what he was going to do with it either.  Ultimately, he found many reasons to use it, games, business, and even software development.  I’m pretty sure that he told my mom that this would be “good for the kids”.  Not sure he truly believed it but ultimately it did foster my interest in computers.

So why buy one now? I had put some conditions on me buying it.  The printer bought should:

  • Be of decent quality;
  • Be open source;
  • Cost less than $1000
  • Preferably be kit based

(The last condition I decided upon because I really want to understand the guts of the system.  A kit is the easiest way to truly “grok” how something works… it also decreases the overall price and therefore should allow for greater component quality)

In any case, those conditions were finally met with the Rostock Max V2 model.  It was voted by Make magazine as the best quality price 3D printer out there.  It is totally built from open source parts and on top of this can come either pre-assembled or as a kit.  The kit version of the system is quoted at $999.

So there you go.  Now, the building starts…

Here’s what it looks like now:

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