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Dick F.


Saint Louis, MO

Member since:

March 27, 2014

Do you currently own a 3D printer?

I do not currently own a 3D printer. I'm in the process of gathering data.

If you don't currently own one, are you interested in building one?

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

What do you hope to do with 3D printing technology?

No answer yet

What sorts of topics / meetings would you like this meetup group to have?

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.

What Dick F. is saying about this Meetup Group

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.

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