Total noob to 3D printing but not 3D modelling. I was able to pick up a Creality Ender 3 S1 Plus at a very good price. Ordered some filament from 3D Printing Canada and hoping to get started soon.
I have been an industrial designer for more than 40 years and started using Solidworks about 15 years ago. Hoping to be able to print some of my models down to a specific scale once I get comfortable with my printer.
During my practice I am hoping to make some toys for my grandchildren. Looking forward to the hobby since I am now retired and enjoying life.
Yes it is always what you are most comfortable with and as long as it gets the results you are looking for. The company I worked for was switching from AutoCad 2D to some type of 3D software. I was given the task to find the right one for our needs. After trying many of them we settled on Solidworks. So all my training was done on that. I currently have my own license of SW so no need to look at anything else.
Should have me printer up and running right after Christmas so I am sure I will be calling on this forum for lots of help along the way. Looking forward to the fun.
I was using one of the licences we had at work for solid works. (don’t ask me why we had 12 extra licences no body needed… 8-0 When it expired I had already been fiddling with Fusion and solid works and the price tag made the decision easy.
I hope you have a great experience with the printer. My 4th printer after running them for 6 years… maybe 7 and managing a photo department for 30 years I figured no issues. New printer mod it off the hop.
No warranty (voided) and tech support… (2-6 weeks for reply…) and lots of REALLY bad connections inside (JST jammed into a Dupont! held with glue.) and bad boards odd broken connectors like someone jammed the wrong connector … oh exactly that. The end of that experience is a 700$ printer with 1100$ in parts I have no clue how much time oh and it needs it 3rd main board in 1 year… has left me with a gun shy attitude. I will never buy a printer for home or work (there are I lost count now over 25 at work) that I have not sent a message to tech support with a pre sales question. A moderately complicated one and if I wait more than 48 hours for a reply. It is a hard no.
I also am a maker (to steal Jo’s tag line) I am not interested in endless messing with the printer. In photo there are ‘photographers’ that never take pictures, they buy gear and test it but never use it. Not my thing, I appreciate the data and expertise they accumulate. I just really want to make prints not tinker with a printer. When you get comments from me it is filtered though these experiences and tenancy’s.