I purchased my first 3D printer the spring of 2014. I was about to leave highschool and thought this could become the great technical project of the summer - and so it became. It kickstarted my interest in CAD and has led to familiarity with power- and control systems, thermal control, Arduino, firmware modifications in C++ etc. Upgrades include LCD-screen, E3D hotend, improved cable management and z-stabilisation.
The printer followed when I started university and moved to Canada. The picture shows my first-year dorm room, where the printer was a prominent element.
It has given great inspiration for doing CAD and developing my knowledge of SolidWorks. It has become an important prototyping-tool that has highly benefitted other projects I have been involved with, such as the Ray and the 3D scanner.