First, Fusion360 designed thing posted to thingiverse.com. When getting started with 3D printing, there is a limit to how much random stuff you can find and print from thingiverse. At some point you want to be able to design and print your own models. I started off learning some basic concepts of modeling using tinkercad which is a great, free, web-based application for 3D design. Browsing through there catalog of items people have created on tinkercad is certainly pretty awesome, however it is web-based and does have some limitations. After some research, Fusion360 appeared to be another popular choice for 3D design and 3D printing. It can also be registered for free as long as certain criteria are met, mainly if you are using it as a hobbyist and not in a professional for profit setting. Continue reading “MPMD: MonoPrice Mini Delta 127mm (5 inch) glass/mirror bed clips”
3D Printing has always been something that I have been interested in, however the cost of the printers has always been such a large hurdle to over come. In recent years the price has significantly dropped, especially with kits like this (Delta Kit), being affordable and provide an awesome learning experience. If you are not interested in a build it yourself project, there are many pre-built printers out now that are very affordable as well (Pre-Built). Since the prices of 3D printers have become more attainable the only other hurdle was the tinkering/troubleshooting factor. Being a developer, the thought of hands on troubleshooting was certainly appealing and not a detractor for me, like I believe it is for so many others. I began doing research on prebuilt machines and kits, when I came across an indiegogo for the MonoPrice Mini Delta (MPMD), a $159 prebuilt delta. This was too perfect an opportunity to pass up, as this was a prebuilt machine at such a low price point for the amount of features it provided. I pulled the trigger and within a few months I was part of the second shipment of these machines, as of now they are listed on the Monoprice web site here. Given that this is my first 3D printer I will be doing some future posts around general 3D printing, Mini Delta mods, and Fusion 360 design that I have been learning ever since jumping into this domain.
Here are a few time lapse videos of my first few prints: Continue reading “First 3D Printer: MonoPrice Mini Delta (MPMD)”