After thinking about it for years, I finally broke down and ordered myself a 3D printer.   The desire to have one was there for quite a while, but I didn’t want to place the actual order until I knew what it was that I wanted to do with it.   Don’t get me wrong, the idea of printing Lego figures and stormtrooper gizmos had great appeal to me, but that didn’t seem to be a good enough justification to spend the money.

About six months ago, things really started to click.   I was seeing things in the house that I wanted to fix or replace…  and I wasn’t satisfied with the options that I was finding.   Even more so, I started to have some ideas for how I would create them on my own.  That seemed to be as good an indicator as any that it was time to get one for the family!

I polled my PLN peeps about which model to buy, and overwhelmingly, people recommended the Prusa i3 MK2S.  I elected to buy it preassembled, because I wanted to get rolling the day it arrived.   I’m pretty handy for the most part, but I didn’t want to experience epic failures just getting the thing put together for the first time.   They were backordered by about 3 months (which felt like forever) but once it arrived, I had my first successful print an hour later.

I can’t speak for any other 3D printer, but this thing is an absolute pleasure.   It self-levels, has a heated bed, and it just WORKS.   Yes, I get the occasional failed print, but on the whole it’s a beast.   I’ve gone through almost 1KG of plastic in just a couple of weeks!

While I was familiar with the general process of creating objects to print, I’ll admit there was a learning curve.   Going from existing model, to making my own modifications, to slicing it up and then printing, there’s a few steps that aren’t necessarily intuitive.  So in this video-cast, I break down the steps I went through while creating my first original (mostly) object.   If you’re new to 3D printing, I think it may be a helpful way to see the process from idea to inception to production.

Enjoy the show!