Wow, I haven't written anything for a long time.
Well, I have 'laid my money down' on the QU-BD campaign on Kickstarter: One-Up/Two-Up. This is a $199/279 3D printer kit. Inexpensive, but looks very capable for the price. The Two-Up has a bigger print area: 175x175 mm. I got in late, so my delivery date isn't until March. However, perhaps I can learn about the whole process by then.
Per chance, I came across John's blog about rebuilding his PrintrBot Simple into a derivative of RichRap's 3DR Delta printer, by printing out new parts. This is a great example of bootstrapping into an improved 3D printer. Recommended.