I'm comfortable with electronics and 3D modeling. It's long past time for a 3D printer. I've used Shapeways for a few projects but it's fairly expensive and (much worse) quite time-consuming. As ya'll know, shorter lead times = $$$.
I don't need a huge build area--maybe 8x8x8 or less. I like the idea of ABS, PLA, and other options upfront. Auto-leveling and a heated bed seem like good features to build in from day one. I'm also into the delta design, if for no other reason then they seem a bit more forgiving (might not be true) and they're cool to watch.
Thoughts? What would you do? Journey > destination etc etc--as in, I don't want to buy one (or even a kit).