My free time is limited but I felt the value of having built it from scratch was worth the extra time vs. buying assembled.
I am already well versed in Arduino and CNC in general so I feel I am at an advantage to most, time will tell!
unboxing jan 03 2014
I had realistic expectations about the quality of the printed parts, these in particular were printed buy a MendelMax 1.5 so I was eager to asses them. The quality was greater than I expected, the Y axis carriage had failed during shipping but I should be able to repair it with some ABS cement.
I did a quick inventory and was surprised to have more than I needed, unlike most kits you buy. Everything was there (minus box 2) so I dug in immediately.
Main frame assembly
Bottom line, it looks good!
To get to this stage was about 3.5 hours. Doing it over again (and now having the build docs I could do it much quicker.