I’ve unpacked my Mendel Prusa kit and started frame assembly. Everything in the box was well packed in mountains of bubblewrap, in individually labelled packets, which makes locating things easy. Like assembling a huge Lego model.
I’ve had a couple of moments of confusion so far in the gap between the Prusa Mendel Visual Instructions (which has excellent line illustrations,in the manner of the best car mechanics books), and the Makergear Mendel Prusa – differences from Stock Prusa. I’ve printed both documents out and punched for 4-ring binders. They sit open side by side on the desk in front of me, so I can refer back and forth. Its comforting to know that each time I mis-assemble something, the backtracking and re-assembly is increasing my knowlege and familiarity with the whole machine. Its not rocket science, but its Great Fun!
Karen Pollack at MakerGear was great to deal with, which was comforting when I was when buying something sight unseen from the far side of the world. Postage was $160, which was worth it for saving me the huge effort and expense of trying to source (possibly incompatible) parts individually. The chocolate in the box was a nice touch, as was the roll of fire-engine-red PLA that MakerGear included along with the silver and clear PLA that I ordered.
What was really nice, from my perspective as an Australian, was that the printer and 3 rolls of PLA came in at a price under $1000 australian dollars, which I believe is the customs price cutoff for charging duty. So my package sailed through customs un-tariffed in under an hour.
Somehow I have to force myself to go out and mow three weeks worth of grass and weeds now, when I’d rather be building my printer 😦