March 27, 2014
I do not currently own a 3D printer. I'm in the process of gathering data.
I am interested in building one. The "building" does not concern me. I believe I can build most anything. What I don't understand is the software (which is needed for a home built, flashing firmware, installing bootloaders, configuration files). It seems to me that my software issues would be greatly reduced by purchasing an assembled unit
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I am currently just want any information that would help to know what questions to ask so that I can get good data to make an informed choice. Buy or build? If build, what design?
I'm a retired mechanical engineer of 40 years. I currently design and build things in wood and metal. I want to branch out into plastics if for no other reason than it looks like fun technology. I use Linux Mint and I'm trying to learning Python.
The March 28th meetup was my first meeting. I just happened to find the group via an internet search the day before. I'm glad I didn't have anything scheduled. The meeting was great in my opinion. It's just what I needed to get my thought processes started. You can only watch so many Youtube videos of 3D printers running. I had only seen a Makerbot running live before this meeting. I got a lot of useful information. Everyone was very helpful and didn't make me feel like a idot when I asked my newbee questions. I'd like to especially thank Doug, Scott, the genlteman running a Darwin (I think) and the guy with the Pursa i3. I haven't decided yet if I want to build from scrath or buy a kit. I'm thinking that maybe a first printer should be a kit. After seeing Doug's Griffins, I have decided on the Delta design. I'll do my best to make the next meeting.