My name is Nicholas and I got into 3D printing back in 2016 when my robotics team got their own printers. The first two printers that I was introduced to were the Flashforge Creater Pro and Makergear M2. Along with these, the software I used was Simplify3D. We mainly used them to make parts for our robot. Since then I gotten 2 printers to call my own. My first printer was a Maker Select Plus and my second was a CR-10 V2. I mainly use Monoprice filament along with Cura to slice my parts. If I'm not using Thingiverse or Do3D to find parts, I'm using Solidworks to make my own. I like Solidworks because I can make my own parts but the downfall to using it is that if you're not a student or have a code, its a very heavy on the price for the subscription. Otherwise it's a good program to use especially for me because I'm typically making moving parts.
I have made small little trinkets here and there but the big thing I am currently making is a First Order Stormtrooper using files from Do3D. Work in progress but I'm excited to see it complete.