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Old 11-11-2017, 05:54 AM
Bill Rossmann Bill Rossmann is offline
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Default 3D Printer

What model 3D printer are you using and where did you purchase it from
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Bill Rossmann View Post
What model 3D printer are you using and where did you purchase it from
Regards Bill
I have a Hictop "Prusa" which is a China knock off the original Prusa. Have no complaints but it does have its limitations. From Amazon. Quite a fun science project to get it assembled, calibrated, and configured.
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:39 PM
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Default They are amazing.

I have had so much fun with my daughterís, including printing the plunger and button for my conversion to manual flaps...still playing with AOA vane, havenít installed it yet.

I enjoyed the design side enough though that I just bought and built a little cnc router kit. Still working out glitches on it though...

Print on!
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:14 AM
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Default Where do I start

3-D printing is fascinating but I have no idea where to start to learn about this let alone trying to set up a design. Where would a guy like me with absolutely no knowledge go to start the learning process?
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:58 AM
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Bill, the best place to start would be the free version of Solidworks that the EAA offers to its members. There are tutorials within the Solidworks Help (within the program) and many, many YouTube videos if you want more. Once you have some ability to make a part in Solidworks, look around for someone near you with a 3D printer, and have some parts made.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:47 PM
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Default Where to begin?

My recommendation about where to start learning about 3D printing is this excellent video. There are many videos online about how to do each part of the process, but this is a really terrific general overview, to give you context:

Also, please don't miss the discussion going on in this other thread:

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