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3D Printing: My first ‘Benchy’

I have moved forward a little with the 3D printing.  My laptop was returned from repair, still with the same issue but I can’t be bothered to send it away again.

That meant that I was able to install some software, namely MatterControl from MatterHackers.  I chose this for a couple of reasons; firstly, it was recommended to me as a better slicer than the popular CURA from the point of view of the UI, secondly it is free and lastly as well as being a good slicer it is also a full design application too.

So “what is this Slicer thing anyway?” I hear you say… well I don’t actually hear you say but imagine it is worth describing just in case. Continue reading “3D Printing: My first ‘Benchy’”

Venturing into the world of 3D printing

This is a diversion from the usual photography posts but thought worth sharing my experiences.

This year I have been long thinking about getting a 3D printer.  I don’t really have any specific projects in mind for this and perhaps that is why I procrastinated for such a long time.  A friend of mine who has one and uses it for fabricating parts for a race car project had said to me that outside of that specific use the printer has become extremely helpful and payed for itself by making replacement parts for household items and other things like that.

That kind of statement got me thinking about whether it was something that was worth owning.  They can be a lot of money and so such an expense needed proper consideration.

3D printing has come a long way and I, like many others, see a time when most household items will just be made at home and in the same way much of the small batch printing industry has gone (and to some extent the music industry) the future of small plastic objects will move into the design and file download services rather than manufacture and distribution.  I felt like it was time to start understanding this new business. Continue reading “Venturing into the world of 3D printing”

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