Since actually ordering that 3D printer, I've thought of 1 or 2 things to make with it pretty much every day. I was a bit concerned that it would be just an end onto itself, but hopefully that won't be the case. Some of the stuff I'm thinking up may even be sellable in small quantities (better mounts for bike lights, etc).

Honestly, right after ordering, I was watching some YouTube videos on calibration and workflow, and I got pretty scared that this was way harder than I thought, but I eventually calmed down and decided that I'd be able to figure it out.

I will say that it's going to be a while before mom can buy a 3D printer at Best Buy and print off paintable cat figurines. Heck, at this point even the raw material (filament) that the printers use is manufactured in special custom runs in Chinese plastics factories, and each batch is different and the printer has to be fine tuned for it.

  • nurse geri - This soulds like fun.
  • Todd Johnson - I didn't know the filament was custom. I had been told it was just plastic welding rod. Interesting to know.
  • John Ridley - I am probably wrong, I'm just going by the fact that people seem to be getting batch variation. It's possible that it's just not that critical for plastic welding but it is for 3D printers. The wording that several of the suppliers was using led me to believe that they were ordering custom materials, but maybe they just order custom colors or something.
  • Marinna Martini - I need a bike mirror mount i cant find to buy.... Slings under my commuter bike jandle sticking out no further than the handle itself.
  • Todd Johnson - MM, There's always if you just want someone else to print a part for you.