Hey guys! Super happy to have 3D printing forum to share info on!
My name is Daniel and I got into printing roughly 2.5 years ago when started college.
I joined a club my freshman year and over the course of 2 months actually built my own printer from scratch (laser cut the frame, custom cut wires, etc) The design was based on the prusa i3 mk 2. It was a HUGE jump into it as i hadn't even soldered two wires together before building the printer. Needless to say that while it did work also didn't ever really get the best print quality from it. (my first print ever is shown below!) I loved the experience of n working the machine and new i had discovered a real passion. I also at this point had been into prop making for some time and had planned on using my machine to create iron man parts.
While I did dial in settings was never really able to get it working perfectly. After a period of several weeks, I chose to purchase two other machines which are the creality ender 3 and a cr10s. These two machines worked really well initially but I eventually had a variety of issues with the cr10. My ender to this day has needed no changes but will probably get a new extruder soon just to be safe. unlike the cr10 which gave me issues. The machine printed gorgeous parts for the first month but quickly started having constant under extrusion.
After a variety of tweaks and upgrades, I ended up gutting most of the machine so that could replace most of its components and Boom! no more issues with print quality after that. I believe my mistake was ordering from an amazon reseller and not an official US retailer. If you choose to purchase a machine, do NOT make that mistake. Once I felt confident in my machines i was ready to take on bigger projects.
One of the more unique pieces of equipment am lucky enough to have at my disposal is a reprogrammed Xbox Kinect. I had one from many years ago and using a software called Skanect I was able to convert it to a low poly scanner. This has allowed me to scan myself and others to either print figures or use as a reference for scaling as shown below. This kinect has allowed me to get incredibly tight tolerances when scaling costume parts and I HIGHLY recommended looking into one if you plan to make a custom suit in the future. If you are interested in going that route please reach out to ask questions! Im here to stay and would love to help.
For those interested to learn more about any of the stuff have mentioned, here are links to purchase or
learn more. If you have any questions please reach out!