I like this idea of Jenett's. Maybe we can do it with lasers once we get the IR version working.
I have a number of canon printers (high quality stuff) to teardown, scrap, and salvage. The printers include steel rods, stepper motors, drivers, and other cool components. Is it enough stuff to make a RepRap? Let's find out.
We can cast aluminum and have a drill press, so I'm pretty sure we can make a lathe somehow. More to come on this I hope.