My Experience With 3D Printing
My Personal Creality CR-10
3D printing is a relatively new technology. It is very exciting and filled with possibilities. Recently, instead of taking a much needed vacation, I decided to invest in something very different. Not too many days ago, I bought a Creality CR-10 3D printer. This model is not the most expensive 3D printer on the market, but it is also far from the cheapest. It is a great size for beginners who want additional space as the beginner becomes the intermediate.
3D Printed Object is the Green Plastic Statue
My adventures herein began when I decided to buy the 3D printer. The night prior, I got no sleep. I was like a child on Christmas Eve! I was so very excited. I knew this would open up so many doors in my life, and make life so much more fun.
Homemade with Printer on LEFT; Store-Bought on RIGHT
I found a 3D print shop that would be open early in Delaware. I made the trip over to Printed Solid, Inc. I had some difficulty finding my way to the entrance (there are multiple buildings for the business it turns out), but I soon found my way in. Apparently, most people buy their products online. I do purchase online from time to time, but I prefer the ability to take home a product the same day (and without shipping charges!).
3D Printed Items are in Green
The man who I first spoke with was very kind. He was incredibly nice to me. This man was the owner. At first, I believe that he wasn't entirely sure what he should think of me (this is often the case when two people meet for the first time). However, after sharing some hours with me, he seemed to get much more comfortable. He was very informative and patient.
3D Printed Boat Made as Functionality Test
I purchased a completely set-up Creality CR-10. The printers at this store can be bought built and ready. I still needed to be instructed on how to prepare the machine when I got it home (some cords needed to be removed for safe storage in the car), but it was only two pieces which needed to be connected once I arrived home. The 3D printers here can be purchased after being pretested for errors. Above is a photograph of an object which was printed on my machine as a test.
Failed Attempts at Printing Death Whistles
The primary issue that I had after purchasing this printer was that the control box momentarily slipped. After a short fall, something had gone wrong! After setting up all of the right wires a second time in my house (the first time was before the drop), I couldn't figure out why the bed wouldn't move. I later decided to use the special screw removers to check inside of the control box. I found what my problem was; two plugs had come undone while they were inside of the control box! 3D printers are amazing, but they do require a lot of patience.
Model of an Indian-Style Temple
Another example is the basic calibration of the machine. One should level the bed and then the nozzle before attempting one's first print. If the nozzle ever becomes too close or too far from the bed during printing, this can be a big problem.
Replica of a 15th Century Depiction of Vishnu
I personally downloaded Ultimaker Cura as the main software that I would use in conjunction with the remainder of the mechanism. Cura is free and relatively easy to use. One needs to find or create an object stl file, slice the file, and take it to the printer.
Miniature Plastic Statue on Shelf
Many variables can effect the final print, from how the stl file was sliced, the heat of the nozzle and the heat of the bed, the speed of the fan, to the speed the machine is set to run on. 3D printers are part of a craft that is very hands-on and experimental. Prints can take hours, and one may desire to try the same print on multiple settings to perfect the finalized work. Regardless, these things are super awesome in the end!
3D Printed Statue Miniature of Siddhartha
3D printers are a technology of the future. Numerous items can be made with them; houses, functional car parts, toys, shaped foods, pots, kitchen utensils, and so on. This new technology could lead to yet another end of manual work and suffering for those of us (the majority of United States citizens) in the lower portions of the economic strata.
Sped-Up 3D Printing in Action!
As washing machines and microwaves enabled mothers to go into the workforce, who knows what creativity people will get to with the additional energy future generations will hopefully enjoy!
© 2018 Alexander James Guckenberger