ForbesBy Michael Wolf, Forbes Contributor

Like many who jumped early into 3D printing, Brook Drumm found the lower cost printers required a significant degree of assembly. Think Ikea, but with soldering guns, wires and less documentation. So he set out to build his own.

Brook Drumm always liked to create things.

But the  former pastor turned web developer had spent the last few years in a profession where the product was on the screen – websites and iPhone apps – rather a physical product he could touch, and it was beginning to leave him a little unsatisfied.

“It kind of left me wanting to build something that I can hold in my own hand,” said Drumm, who I recently talked with for the NextMarket podcast.

So one day when he read about Jay Leno‘s efforts to produce exotic car partsusing 3D printing technology, something clicked. After all, Drumm was a car nut himself, a self-described “maker” who liked to tinker and create in his garage. He thought if Leno could do it with equipment that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, in today’s world of rapid technology evolution, it wouldn’t be long before the technology came to him.

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