It’s Sunday and time for another PTFR. The big news is that Judy returns home today. HOORAY! She’s been gone sooo long I hope I remember what she looks like! :). But suddenly it dawned on me, as I’m looking around the house, Rita has made such a mess. I had better get busy so she doesn’t get in trouble when Judy walks through the door. Got to look out for my little girl Rita.
Last week I continued to pursue my interest in design and 3D printing and guess what? I found a great deal on a small 3D printer. Believe me, I wasn’t looking for a deal, it just showed up on my computer .. like it was meant to be. The printer was already discounted and on top of that there was another 30% off with free shipping. I immediately searched for reviews and it looks like people love this printer. How could I pass up this deal? To make sure I wouldn’t get in trouble, I figured I had better run this past Judy. The conversation went like this.
Me: Hello dear, are you having a good day?
Judy: Yes . . . you sound like you want something!
Me: Oh, I was just checking on your well being. Good to year things are fine. Oh, remember you wanted to make sure I had something to do when we visit Chad in the future.
Me: I found this little 3D printer I could bring on the trips. It would be great entertainment and I could better learn to make some practical objects.
Judy: How much is it?
Me: Less than the cost of 4 skeins of yarn (notice how I relate all costs to skeins of yarn rather than dollars).
Judy: Do you need it?
Me: Yes, I think I do.
Judy: You know I don’t care!
Me, Great. I will get it ordered.
I ordered it on Monday and it showed up on Thursday. That was fast!
While I was waiting for the printer to arrive, I started researching the software setting and modifications I would need to implement to make sure it worked well. Home 3D printing is still evolving and no printer works perfectly out of the box without some tweeking. Part of the fun is learning to make it work better and better.
The other thing that was holding me back was identifying some good design software (CAD). I could print other people’s designs, but being able to make useful items of one’s own creation is challenging and that’s what I enjoy. There are lots of free programs, but because the learning curve can be long, I wanted to make sure I was investing my time in a program that was popular, well supported and would be around for a long time (with this industry being so dynamic, long time in software and hardware is not long as we usually think of as long). I wanted to use Fusion 360, but it was very expensive. But my research paid off, you only have to pay for Fusion 360 if you use it to make a lot of money. It’s FREE to the hobbyist and students. That was music to my ears. I found some good tutorials and manuals on the software and I am preparing to begin learning . . if I have time to clean up Rita’s messes!
I will try to have something printed for Judy before she gets home. It won’t be my own design, but it will be something nice and small. I bet this coming week, if we don’t have rain, will be taken up with honey dos, so it might be a couple of weeks before you see results from the new printer but I will be sure to keep you posted on my progress. Have a good week and make sure you welcome Judy home this evening!