The parts are finally in! Over the next few days Brandon Bowman and I will be preparing the parts (cutting rods and so forth). This means the completed kits will be ready for you on Friday at noon.
This week's open workroom hours are devoted to assembling Grawmets. If you can make it come in and get started. It is entirely conceivable that you will have a printer working before finals week! Depending on your experience/familiarity with this type of project, expect full assembly to take a minimum of 2 hours and upwards of 6 in the workroom before you start the testing/calibration phase. There are a lot of variables that will affect this time though. Brandon and I will both be on hand to help wherever we are needed.
Things you may want to bring with you:
- Your enthusiasm. This will be fun!
- Your laptop for testing your electronics if you think you'll get to the testing phase. Because we have a limited number of power outlets in the room you should fully charge your laptop's battery before you show up. If you don't have a laptop I'm sure someone in the room will be willing to let you plug in your printer to theirs.
- Safety glasses if you don't like using community safety glasses.
- A few hand tools if you have them. The group has all the tools to complete the build but if you bring in your own it means less waiting for the guy next to you to finish using the tool that you need. The only hand tools you need are hex keys (all the bolts use 2.5mm, 2 mm, and 1.5mm hex keys), something to hold nuts with (like a small adjustable wrench or small pliers), and wire crimpers.
|The three tools I used most in assembly: small needle-nose pliers, 2.5mm hex key, and wire crimper.|
I don't think anyone has slipped through the cracks, but if there are any of you who have paid for your Grawmet but not been through the safety briefing please contact me so we can get that taken care of.
I appreciate those of you that have shown patience as the parts have been shipping. In exchange for your patience you have the assurance that you're receiving good parts without over-spending or going through the headache of sourcing parts individually.
I hope to see you all on Friday. Until then, don't forget to be awesome.