my name is Benjamin, I’m currently living in Munich, and I started with 3D printing beginning 2016 by buying a Dremel Idea Builder. Since then my 3D printer arsenal got extended by a Flashforge Creator Pro and a Mini Kossel kit, not to forget the big pile of filament spools for material testing. Currently I’m thinking about extending my tool set with the laser cutter from Mr. Beam - but I have so little space left in my flat :? . Why has nobody told me 3D printing can be addictive before I got into it?
My original goal for starting in 3D printing was to be able to print my own 3D models for teaching purposes, since one of my other hobbies is teaching rescue swimming and lifeguarding techniques as well as rescue boat driving. In preparation for my trainer licenses I’ve very much enjoyed the training method of simulating real life / rescue scenarios with Playmobil toys - but other than my fellow trainers I’m too lazy to crawl the garage sales to find my own set of Playmobil toys. I rather wanted to teach myself how to design such toys on my own and after starting with Tinkercad now Onshape is my preferred tool for doing this. Funny enough I now can use these capabilities to solve problems for me and my friends by designing and making stuff, something I did not plan beforehand but now is very nice to have.
Following are my three “print cave” members (unfortunately a print cave is still to come, my printers are all spread across my flat yet):
Dremel Idear Builder with my custom made heatbed, replaceable spool holder and/or fume extraction unit
Flashforge Creator Pro in custom made noise cancelling box (so that I can print also during the night w/o making my neighbors too angry)
Anycubic Kossel kit in a custom made IKEA hack (Molger series)
In my professional life I’m working in a corporate IT headquarter trying to keep the IT running and not getting crazy from day to day burocracy, corporate thinking and management bullshit bingo. Getting started in 3D printing has helped my a lot in compensating for the daily boredom at work.
Thanks to Tom for all the useful videos already provided and yet to come - the information contained therein has really helped me a lot to get a better understanding of the challenges in 3D printing and one of my future goals is to design my own 3D printer, trying to combine the best approaches I’ve come across out there that could cater my needs.
Looking forward to awesome years to come and to getting to know more of you guys.