I have officially entered the wonderful world of DIY 3D Printing. I have always been a fan of 3D Printing technology, but it hasn’t been until recently that the price and complexity of 3D printers has allowed the average DIYer to jump in at home.
There are now quite a few options out there. After some research I came across the Micro 3D Printer that looked simple, safe, user friendly, and at a price point that, if DIY 3D Printing turned out to not be my thing, would not have been a huge waste of money.
There are several color options available. I also purchased several spools of filament so I would have some color options once I got going. There were a few snags along the way. A gear wasn’t working requiring me to send it back for a replacement. It had trouble feeding the filament through the internal spool holder. And my daughter, well, dropped the printer on the floor.
Once I resolved those issues, I was on my way. DIY 3D Printing definitely takes some patience. Loading the filament, calibrating the print bed, and printing the object itself all take a lot of time. That being said, it is strangely fascinating to watch.
After about 4 hours I had my box. I like that it was able to print the box and the lid at the same time. It’s not super complicated, but my kids liked it.
After this one I was able to move on to more complicated prints. There are a lot of resources out there for 3D models including my favorite: www.thingiverse.com. The goal is to eventually design models myself instead of downloading existing ones online. I am a big fan of Google Sketchup. I use it for all my designs and plans. From what I understand, it is possible to convert Sketchup files into 3D models. I can only imagine the cool projects I could do. Instead of a hardware Chess Set, we could design and print custom pieces. Quadcopter anyone?