so i have ordered all the parts, i need, or at least all the parts i think i need, along with picking up some of the hardware from my work, like the nuts washers and threaded rod, and the packages have started to trickle in, and so it begins
so far, i have all m8 nuts washers and rod, all of the electronics, arduino mega, ramps shield, 5 stepper motors and drivers, heated bed, six end stop switches, reprap smart ramps 1.4 lcd controller (which lets the printer run off of an sd card instead of a pc), said sd card adapter socket thing, a chinese rep rap hot end which actually looks like it will way out perform the normal wade's extruder, it actually came with its own stepper motor already mounted so now i have an extra
most of these i had shipped from over seas, the only damage was to the heated bed, the extruder was packaged pointy side down on top of the pcb heat bed, and has scratched through to the copper, and in one of the marks it made actually dented the pcb into the other side, as long as the heating element traces aren't shorted i don't care because i will have a piece of glass on top of the pcb heat bed.
i have never had anything shipped dhl before but i am very impressed
it would have made it in two days if i had been home yesterday
as soon as the plastic parts get here progress will be made!