There's another low-cost 3D printer for sale: The Shapercube.
This German made €979 (USD$1,290) build-it yourself kit is based on the RepRap Darwin design and includes a rather hefty build volume of 190x200x185mm (slightly reduced if an optional second print head is installed).
The key specs:
  • 3mm filament required
  • 0.5mm nozzle
  • Pre-assembled heater
  • Acrylic print surface (heated option available)
  • Rubber mounts to reduce vibration
  • Up to 115mm/s XY print movement
  • Online wiki with all the information required
One interesting feature that stuck out to us was the case. It's made of water jet-cut aluminum. This ensures not only a groovy appearance, but makes the device very solid. However, water jet cutting sometimes leaves scratches and other messes on the aluminum surfaces, so Shapercube offers an option: glass-bead blasted aluminum panels for an extra €100 (USD$132). We'd take that option in a nanosecond.  
Currently they've sold out the first batch and are awaiting a second production run. 

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!