My wife, Kate, helped with soldering and construction. We almost got divorced the first day but the second day went really smoothly. You have to fiddle with the MakerBot a fair amount to get prints to come out nice, but it's a lot of fun. One of the first things I printed was an escape pod my friend Dave built.
I had multiple failed attempts including this one:
Funny enough, I don't have a picture of the one that turned out great.
In the end, the MakerBot didn't work for my Thesis. My parts are too complicated and it took too much fiddling. BUT it is an awesome machine, we're glad to have it, I learned a lot about the 3D printing process and we have printed many other fun things, such as Christmas ornaments.