Recently I got a 3D printer from Lecktor Technologies. Quite exciting. My overall idea was to play around with 3D design, and to try out different kids friendly modeling and drawing tools. To see will the kid like it, and how far can we reach togeather. But before we could start designing something, we needed to figure out how the printing actually works.
So, when the 3D printer arrived, the questions was: What now?
Where to Start
Thingiverse – search the most popular or featured things. Whatever you like from the popular (or featured) list, chances are it is going to be a success.
Thingiverse is the world’s most popular repository of different things that can be printed. There is anything from bottle openers, decoration, game figurines to complex machinery (2, 3, 4). In this universe of things, it is hard to decide where to start 🙂
To help, here is a list of our first prints – sorted by complexity.
Snowflake is an excellent first 3D print. It is small (prints relatively fast), flat (big chances of success) and looks ok. We used it to calibrate Z axis offset (adjust the height of printer head, so that the first layer would not have sharp unintended edge).
Geared Heart was the first mechanical thing that we printed. It is an easy print – all of it is printed as a single piece with moving parts. No assembly needed.
Flexi Rex is one of my favorite prints. I consider it a technical breakthrough. It has joints, and you don’t assemble it (you can’t disassemble it either). Because of how 3D printing works, it enables you to create interlocked parts. Dino comes out of printer, already assembled.
Flying Sea Turtle
This is the most complex print we did so far. And it has been a huge fun. We were printing it piece by piece for total of 5 days. And then we spent one more day to assemble it. I enjoyed the whole process. Printing it was fun, assembling it was fun and playing with the turtle was probably most fun.
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