Instead of simply ordering a pre-assembled printer, the DML Lab students decided to purchase the pieces, then put it all together themselves. This was led primarily by Ethan, who has a knack for building.
Each day we agreed on a course of action: who would do what, and who would find and follow the directions. This process took several weeks, as we had a mere 35 minutes a day to build. Nonetheless, the project went pretty well, and we have now successfully printed several test objects.
3D printers require loads of patience, an ability to find answers to your problems, and a willingness to fail repeatedly. Failure is really iteration toward success. Below: repeated attempts to print our test die.