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Old 12-27-2017, 06:22 AM   #1  
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I have been very fortunate to have been given an 3D printer for Christmas by Hubby, to say I was shocked would be an understatement, it actually made me cry. He is not known for his gifts as he just isn't programmed that way so I wasn't expecting much so was completely floored!

So, has anyone got one? My mind is racing with all the possibilities but I am starting to feel overwhelmed with where to even start. I am techie, so working out the machine is not the reason, I think because I know it is delicate and I am not delicate has me worried.


I need to download some 3D design software, learn that, then play with the software for the printer to get the settings right, then there is the loaded of the filament, and making sure the platform is the right level.................


I am very obviously nervous as I am still youtubing and reading as it is still in it's box and I am normally a 'get it set up, get it going, make something' kind of girl.
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Jukie, You'll do fine. The software will be the hardest part to learn. I run a 4x8 cnc and do my own digital sculpting with Artcam Pro since 05. I carve and you will print (your way will be much cleaner). Same platform as a printer except it adds a Z to the xy. You are gonna have so much fun! I don't think they are that fragile from what I've read. I would try out some free software before I considered investing in true 3D. You'll just need to make sure the output will jive with your printer. As I recall there are a couple of forums dedicated to 3d printing and they had free files.
But above all, enjoy the process. I have a feeling there are free files with the machine.
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Thank you! I got a couple of reference books to psych myself up lol!
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Look online for some Facebook groups or a forum you can join. I don't know that they exist but there seems to be a Facebook group or a forum for pretty much everything.

My sister just bought a very beautiful high end sewing and embroidery machine and she was stressing and she found a couple of Facebook groups where she can hang out and ask questions.


What a great gift!
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This is a fun and useful site and community Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects

It was recommended to me by a 3D printing fan at work who ran the occasional introductory class for colleagues. A good intro to some of the possibilities.
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