So I am sitting in church, thinking of a way to get my 10 year Sunday School class more interested in my lessons. I think I am funny and give a great lesson, but what do I know, there 10 and I am not. I do my best to grab there attention, but they are 10. Then it came to me, I should get a 3D printer and print items that go along with the lessons. Truly this was my sole intent in thinking about getting one. (That‘s is the line I tell my wife, even though it is true)
So I did the research and found that Creality products seem to be popular with most users. Everywhere I looked everyone was getting an Ender 3, so I bought a CRX. It arrived, and it was about 3X’s more expensive than the Ender 3, but mine could do dual prints, again, I had no idea was I was getting into. Well I got it just as COVID 19 was ramping up in China, my new printer worked great but the bed would never heat up. So I sent it back and purchased a CRX-Pro, because that should be better...well, it was, it is a great printer, as I think they all are after you understand how to set them up and learn from your mistakes. I was told by a friend to try E-SUN PLA Plus. I have never had a problem with their filament, as well as Hatchbox. I use the CURA software to work with my STL files. I stated to print my Sunday School lesson models and the kids love them. That is when it happened, as I was looking for more models to print and watching YOUTUBE for advice, it was staring me in the face. A dream I had, to think I could own a life size copy was something I put out of my mind year ago. I clicked and watched and clicked and watched, a series on how to build Ironman,(Thanks Frankly Built, https://youtu.be/KqUJhxTqI38) then without thinking, asking the creator where did you get the files, then I was told DO3D.com, I think my money left my wallet before I even got to the page to purchase the STL’s for the Ironman MK85. I wish I could say it stopped with that purchase. So I am starting on this adventure to print and paint and build my own Ironman suit.
Pro’s of my printer, well, I like the print quality of it. It seems to be very nice, I have a .06 setting up to .2, and I find that each setting is very nice, but .06 is amazing. It can do dual colors at the same time, I am working on getting that perfected. You can see my big head ironman model below that I did. Some Cons, would be printing speed overall, I wish it could be faster without quality loss, I can’t find a good spot to hang my Raspberry Pi and camera for Octoprint time lapse. And the continued upkeep.
I would check out www.Creality.com for hardware, as they are launching new items with improved tech. Since I was talking about Ironman, here is a filament from www.eSun3d.net look at the fire engine red. When it comes to help, join the Facebook pages from the maker of your printer for great help. The Creality Offical User Group is amazing, as users will help you with printing issues and tips and tricks. You want amazing models to print, well www.DO3D.com for helmets and full size suits. Thingiverse.com has thosands of models to pour through. Look at Insagram for great creators out there. Frankly_built, Nikko Industries, and many more.
Projects, well here they are.