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i got a 3d printer
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:09:17 PM »
My first 3d printing experience, I hope I can pass on what I learned

before I bought one, I learned that some brands of the filiment are not as pure a more expensive ones, this was not a problem, but I chose a printer that had its own filiments so I did not have to worry about all the settings, I learned that the settings are many, so getting a simple printer setup for myself was the most important thing .

I also wanted a fully assembled one

I chose XYZ Printing da Vinci mini w 3D printer (fully assembled), Wireless, FREE for: £12 300g PLA filament, £15 maintenance tools, modelling software, and video tutorials, 15x15x15cm Built Vol.

it had the tools & a starter filiment too

i went to the xyz site and signed up before I needed to whiles installing

I found I needed xyzmaker full package on a windows 10 machine, the software was very confusing which was needed, but just get the maker full package.

I watched videos on the site while i waited for delivery there pretty short, i also was hungry for youtube tutorials on unboxing and assembling, this worked out because i knew everything when it arrived

I was frightend with other peoples experiences, but if you prepare and do everything right your fine, the problem i found was i did not know which way round the filliment went i watched some videos and spotted the correct way

you need to know when you load or unload filiments you need to choose it in the options then the nozzle heats up and you can push it on or off

I decided i did not want to waste the small free filliment on something simple so i got a terrain piece a church & went for it. its now printing as i write, yoo open it in maker and just press print

i forgot to check if everything was level before i printed but wow it told me auto leveling, this is why i bought this printer for the ease of use

I did not have any glue , but i printed anyway . Im half way through the print and its fine

I put the sheet on the bottom to far left, because i thought it was going to cover the whole plate, so i was worried a full size model would not fit, but I used a 15cm model and it just fits, have a look at the photo i posted

also I worried so much i would do something wrong, i did not even check if the nozzle was a card distance from the base, it seems that it worked right out of the box and is more tollerent than i thought, to see the print working is amazing, the other software you get is for tablets or phones, I intent to make models so Im not going to use a tablet im using a PC with a big monitor.

this printer comes with modeling software & its easy to use, I tried blender, I like blender but the software is much simpler, Im glad i have both. the models can be 15cm x 15cm x 15cm I realised this was big enough for models at 25-28mm scale or below.

I looked at some models on line & some seem to print out a kit to glue together, Im afraid i want stability in my models, if i want a kit ill buy one. Ive not looked at much yet so dont asume i know what im talking about yet Its my first day, these are just my thoughts etc...

Im amazed is the simple conclusion, when you realise you can print scenery , you start planning your battlefield. the filiments are more expensive BUT! you avoid many options to set , the printer already knows what it prints with. its super simple to get going.




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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 11:56:35 PM »
here is my first model too 4 hrs

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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2019, 01:16:49 PM »
That is really great GL  :thumbsup

£D printers are improving all the time and becoming more and more accessible. If you have a craft/hobby then you will wonder how you lived without one for so long.

You can buy the plans for objects for many things on the net as well as getting many free ones.

I definitely have a 3D printer in my future  :roker


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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2019, 07:53:32 PM »
I posted with this because, I learned how complex and problematic it can be, but I simplified with the easy printer & all went well. its brilliant takes like 6hrs to print something though

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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019, 10:54:51 PM »
photo is still shinning, so dosnt look as good as it is, but here is a pic of the bottom half of a house I just printed

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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 07:41:38 AM »
ok printed a few more things here is the pic

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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2019, 03:29:24 AM »
new print
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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2019, 11:17:40 AM »
Awesome  :thumbsup

Hobbyking has a large selection of filament at good prices here




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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2019, 05:21:44 AM »
more prints, thanks for the link Asid


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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2019, 12:58:27 PM »
more prints, thanks for the link Asid

No problem....You will need a bigger room




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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2019, 11:13:16 AM »
these are all solid models, they can be taken apart floor by floor and reconfigured into different houses, I need to print a couple more roofs yet, but I can see a town here.
all these have been done with one model, ground floor, 1st floor, roof, and some ruined variants.
 
also my printer prints 15cm x 15cm x 15cm cube, and the models fits into it,
I found the scraper used to remove the model after printing was to blunt, so I carfuly use a palet knife to lift a corner then I slip the scraper underneath
considering just about a week ago I had no idea how to use a 3d printer, to see my streets taking shape is great, printing is slow though, a single floor of a building can take 10 hours, but as you can see no rush required.

here are some pictures of my first street
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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2019, 12:01:23 PM »
Impressive  :thumbsup

Thank you for sharing

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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2019, 08:07:42 AM »
Im not great at painting, here is how its looking now
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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2019, 06:44:53 PM »
Iím going to have to sadly end the saga now, unexpectably I have to move house soon, so I packing everything over the next week, im sad cant do the hobby at my new place due to space, I will try to pop on here when I get to a computer but looks difficult. so hope to be back at some point.

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Re: i got a 3d printer
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2019, 11:50:19 PM »
I hope the move goes well.

It is a shame about the lack of space.

You are always welcome here my friend  :thumbsup

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