3D printer assembly, this is where we landed

We got the 3D part.

We got the 3D part.

Ok, three and a half hours and we have the frame built and a few of the sections that will make up the traveling components holding the extruder. And we ate a bunch of pizza and candy and ice cream and drank a ton of soda and I’m buzzing like a 9 year old after a birthday party where they got too much cake.

Overall, I’d say we’re doing pretty well, here is what we’ve learned so far:

1. Clameditor KT Toomey laughs anytime you say the word “nut.” She is twelve, apparently.

2. If you turn on the close captioning in the video instructions, you get the best found poetry in existence. I am seriously going to do a whole post on these. Things like: “Bar owners ask a ranch to hold on,” and “You put the last place to the cruncher and hold the disease,” and the amazing classic:

My Dog? If this thing is going to throw up squirrel parts on the rug then, sure, I guess.

My Dog? If this thing is going to throw up squirrel parts on the rug then, sure, I guess.

3. The kids who were there were amazing. Students have already built a couple of units and were serving as resident experts. How cool is that?

4. Stevens and I may have brought too many tools. The extra wrenches were a good idea but the fact that we had three soldering irons and two hot glue guns between us may have been excessive.

5. Someone should open up a brewpub where you drink beer and build electronics from kits. It could be called “The Cask and Allenwrench.” I’d go.

Ok, back at it at 8:00 am tomorrow. Wish us luck!

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