The amount of work and time it takes varies from person to person. A lot will depend on your willingness and motivation to integrate this technology into your life.
The documentation contains what you need to know to get started. Here are the instructions for three most typical do-it-yourself automated insulin dosing systems.
AndroidAPS - http://wiki.androidaps.org/
Loop - https://loopkit.github.io/loopdocs/
OpenAPS - http://openaps.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html
I think the essential personal resources needed are the ability to follow written instruction and the persistence to continue your effort when faced with adversity. Most people considering this option overweight the technical ability thought to be needed to succeed.
Once someone has read the source documents and secured the necessary hardware, a great deal of help is available on the Facebook Looped group page. There exists a strong core group pay-it-forward ethic in this community.
Help is available if you ask for it, but asking questions plainly addressed in the documentation is not good form. The community is willing to hold hands with new members but likes to see some personal initiative also.
If you don’t want to use an older Medtronic pump, there are options in the AndroidAPS systems. In fact one of the more appealing ones for me is using an in-warranty Dana pump manufactured by the South Korean company, SOOIL. It is not generally available in the US, yet, but is available in parts of Europe and the UK. When this pump debuts in the US, it will open up more opportunity for people.
There are also some Accu-Chek pumps that are loopable. Check out the AndroidAPS document for info on that option.
If I didn’t want to fool around with the DIY options, I would be strongly consider the Tandem X2 with Basal-IQ and the G6 CGM. Basal-IQ provides low protection and later this year, Control-IQ will provide automatic pump delivery adjustments to counteract highs.
Good luck with your choice. I think patients need to take control of their treatments and not wait for the doctors and med-tech companies to supply what they want. I find the patient #WeAreNotWaiting movement inspiring.