timothy from the not-for-the-faint-of-heart dept.
rsk points out this "review of the $1200 MakerbotThing-o-Matic 3D printer. After a 16-hour self-assembly and a few weeks of use, a blown PSU was replaced with a higher powered PSU via a mod to the Thing-o-Matic. Video of the Thing-o-Matic printing out little solar panel mounts from Google Sketch-up included in the review. Final thoughts suggest that the Thing-o-Matic is not a great gift for non-engineers: 'You need a decent understanding of robotics, hardware, software, electronics and mechanics, need a little hand dexterity and a ton of patience.'"
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.