To cover the mess, I made the case black, inside and out with "Ebony" oil stain. When it was done, the shape of the top reminded me of the "Nautilus" in Walt Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". I liked the look and decided to continue in the Jules Verne vein. I darkened the bright aluminum parts I had been adding to closer emulate wrought iron and began calling my MakerBot, the "JV" model.
Step 1: Height Gauge
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One of the first additions I made was to permanently mount a precision height gauge that measures the distance between the extruder heads and the build surface.
I'm not a big fan of digital tools. The gauge I use is mechanical, and looks quite at home sitting on top of the Jules Verne printer's extruders.