I wanted and needed a 3d printer.
Searching around the Google and Youtube, there are so many cool things 3d printer can build. I was so eager to have one. So I bought one from online in 2013. The printer called Mendel ( named from great scientist Gregor Mendel, the founder of the modern science of genetics).
Building the Kit
I didn't buy an assembly one, so I can build it myself to learn this machine. I spent half a day to assemble the Mendel. And I learned many things. Because mechanics is not my profession, I withdraw lots of mechanical knowledge, nuts, bolts, ball bearings, smooth rods, stepper motors, etc. I loved it. This experience is the first journey to the 3d printers' world. I felt lucky I'm in this world.
And I thought 3d printer is cool, but most of the people didn't know this kind of technology. This technology should change the world someday. I should develop one myself. From that day on, I read all the articles about the 3d printers and 3d printing technologies. I built electronics for the printer and learned mechanics to design my printer.
Here are some of Mendel's photos. Hope you will enjoy the photos.
Second printer's parts, it's a rostock mini.