While in line talking over some things, he gave us an opportunity to finally get our hands on the latest and greatest the MI team has to offer, the Thing-O-Matic! With super precision rods and timing belts, and an automated conveyer belt driven build platform, it's capable of churning out part after part automatically. Not to mention the uber-slick stepstruder MK6+ with fast heat up times and less wires to get in the way. Just look at that laser-cut wood and acrylic beauty!
Without this work and repetition, I wouldn't at all have been willing to bust open the bot after having "finished" it, to rip out the malfunctioning controller board and jury-rig an ICSP programmer from an old Arduino and burn a bootloader onto it (Which I did and it totally fixed it). I feel confident that if this thing burst into flames I could probably put it out and using only hair pins, gaffer tape and some coat hangers could have it working in no time. (At least as good as a rep-rap ;)
The prints come out great after some calibration. These would be our third and forth prints resectively, and I think they came out swimmingly. The ABS Plastic is incredibly strong, so I can't wait to design up something with more practical uses. Sylvia on the other hand has some interesting ideas on her own. We'll be posting our design up to the Universe of Things as soon as we get the hang of it, and get a little more spare time.