We’re in a place where a 3D printer is pretty much a necessity. We considered outsourcing, buying, and building. If you just need to print stuff, buy or outsource. For me, I also want the technical knowledge, so we settled on build, knowing this entailed a potentially long and painful process.
Sourcing your own parts is a very educational process, and I’m not sorry that we’re doing it this way, but if you’re going to build a printer, think long and hard before you decide to not buy a kit. Self-sourcing can be expensive, aggravating, and time-consuming.