3D Printing

3D printing was one of my first personal experiences with Arthur C. Clarke’s quote “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I understand how it works, I get the mechanics and the process, but there’s still something magical about it.

So I got a Prusa Research Prusa i3 MK3 kit, and it’s great

After getting into 3D printing back in July of 2016, I’m now on my third 3D printer. I started with a basic Monoprice Maker Select v2 (rebranded Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2) which is a great starter printer. After some life changes I couldn’t keep it around due to the size so I downgraded to a Monoprice Select Mini v2, and after using it on and off for a while I just wasn’t happy with where it was. Then I moved, got the Mini setup again, was working ok so I decided to try to fix some stuff again… and it just got worse.

I could have focused on fixing it but with the move I have the room for a bigger printer again and said fuck it, lets get the Prusa. There must be a reason it’s so universally respected as one of the best printers on the market, right?

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Posted by JP Powers in 3D Printing

Monoprice Maker Select v2 – My Experience

So I got a 3D printer back in July of 2016. I wanted one for a while but the price was a bit too much. I stumbled on a sale for the Monoprice Maker Select v2, and started doing research as a $300 3D printer sounded to good to be true. After a few hours of digging around I pulled the trigger.

TL;DR – Overall, I loved the experience. I recommend the printer but only if you’re willing to put some work into learning, tweaking and failing.

The following is written for someone that has already started poking into 3D printed, learned some terminology, and is interested in reviews of specific printers. Although I’ll try to be as newbie friendly as I can, a lot of terms are just part of my vernacular now and this piece will be ridiculously long if I try to get overly educational, too.

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Posted by JP Powers in 3D Printing