Hello again. I love Youtuber/DIY dude Andreas Speiss--perhaps not enough to propose, but still, I am very fond of him, and try to watch all his videos.
Blame Andreas on this post--because this diWHY quest starts entirely with the video here. Go to about 1:02....In my lab I had all the essential tools mentioned but not a 3D printer. I fully agree with all of A.S.'s other essential tools, so why don't I have a 3D printer? Um....Because I couldn't really see what I'd use one for.
But then Covid hits, I am bored, and have some time to learn new things. My trip to Spain is cancelled, that money is in my pocket, so I figure why not buy a 3D printer, learn how to use it, and decide what to use it for later.
Lots of research followed and the printer that, as of writing this post, gets the nod as "best for 3D printing newbies" is this one:"Monoprice Voxel 3D:"
|But is the Voxel really called a IIIP? Is IIIP anywhere in literature, the web, etc? Can you search for IIIP and learn about it? Uh--no!|
SOLD! I paid about $420USD for this, delivered, not super cheap, but from the endless reviews it's a good spend: this printer has a lot of time- and sanity-saving features, many only available on printers that cost a lot more: touch screen, self leveling ability, Ethernet and WiFi, you get the fresh idear.
It also has a reputation for the default settings producing useful output--and not a puddle of goo. Good.
The printer showed up quick, and then, getting it set up was easy; there was a lot more packing material to remove than the quick setup guide showed, but, that's OK. Using the same quick start guide, it was easy to load up PLA filament, heat up the nozzle, and print out the sample cube--which came preloaded in the printer's memory--call up this test object using the touch screen panel and tell it to print.
Righto.....and here is what I got first time around for my cube:
(Not a cube....)
Rats! This is supposed to be the easiest, most idiot-proof 3D printer around and I can't even print a cube. What now? I figured I'd better read the manual, since the quick start guide might be a bit too quick.
The manual can be downloaded here, and says I needed to calibrate the print nozzle first before printing (not mentioned in the quick guide!) Did that and I ended up getting what is below, on the right: