Printrbot HQ opened it’s doors to my NorCal RepRap meetup group for the first time tonight. And judging from the enthusiastic response from everyone I talked to, a good time was had by all.

I doubt you could find a room with a higher cumulative IQ within 100 miles- maybe more. I love it when I’m listening to someone talk and I think to myself “I have no idea what he’s talking about.” And then I turn to the guy next to me who was also listening and he not only understood every single word, but follows on with a comment that I also don’t understand. I keep telling myself “just listen – act natural… you’ll learn something.”
Another highlight today was having some Kickstarter backers make the trek up from Santa Cruz to build their Printrbot. They asked permission and had been to the meetup group before, so I said “Sure, if you don’t mind living with some non-production parts (like the heated bed) until everything shows up.” They didn’t mind.
BTW: The invitation is open to all backers who show up at Printrbot HQ!
Bruce Rafnel, Brigitte Rafnel and John Rible showed up around lunch time and I dumped out their parts on the table and they got down to business.  Admittedly, I didn’t give them as much time as I had hoped, but they left with a fully assembled and working Printrbot – they even took breaks and had dinner too!  Congrats to them and to their newly knighted “Sir Prints-a-Lot” (the name they chose for their bot).  Great job on the build, folks!
It is funny how I have grown attached to these things, especially the ones that I work on myself.  I feel like my imaginary kids are leaving for imaginary college or something. Or like my imaginary robot daughter went out on her first imaginary robot date.
Ok, its late and its getting weird.
Happy printing,