At Collexion, our hackerspace based in Lexington, KY, we assembled a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer in March, 2011. It took us six build sessions of three to seven hours each from unboxing to our first print.
Makerbot build log: collexion.net/wiki/Makerbot_Thing-O-Matic_build_notes
Collexion home: collexion.net
Makerbot home: wiki.makerbot.com/thingomatic
Frames grabbed from an Axis 2110 networked webcam every 10s, assembled with FFMPEG, transcoded with Handbrake for import into iMovie for editing.
Trancendence by N-geniuZ (ngeniuz.com)
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