Hi Ad, I don't know if this did happen, however, I think that it's a great idea. The Tech shop is a great venue. I can ask Jim, If we can hold up there for a bit. Is there any interest in getting a SF group started.
It looks like the electronics kits are around $150 or so. The motors, power supplies, adruino boards probably come to about another $100 or so.
A set of laser cut parts from Ponko probably clock in around $400 or so. I haven't priced the off the shelf parts.
If/when I start building a RepRap/Strap, I anticipate my first printing jobs would be to (1) print all parts for the current machine (whether it is a Darwin or something else) (2) print up all parts given/loaned to me and returned to the originator, and then (3) print two copies of Darwin RepRap parts for sale at cost.
Totally off topic - is anyone going to the upcoming Maker Fair on 5/29-5/30?