Guest Blog Post on 3dPrintingIndustry.com
I was asked to write a guest blog post about my experience in 3d Printing. Here’s a part of my article and a link to the full post on 3dPrintingIndustry.com:
For the past 11 years, I have been freelancing and consulting on various projects ranging from web design to graphics and even some 3D printing and now that I’m finished with school, I would like to be a 3D modeler for animated feature films, make toys and eventually teach 3D.
You only live once right?
I have watched the industry for almost a decade and kept up with the latest pro-consumer 3D printers emerging during recent years, but it wasn’t until the last six months that I really made up my mind to purchase a 3D printer myself, which was made easier by crowd funding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Indeed, these sites allow many people, from so many different disciplines to bring their ideas to life, including artists — I have watched quite a few artists bring their toys to life with the help of those crowd-funding platforms. So the idea of bringing some of my ideas into the world utilising 3D printing was the obvious — albeit scary and exciting — next step for me to pursue! I just knew that I would feel terrible if I didn’t at least try.
Shortly after attending Siggraph again this past summer, as luck would have it, 3D Systems hosted a contest called the Cubify Challenge to win one of their new Cube 3D Printers. I really wanted my own 3D printer and this seemed like a great opportunity, so I submitted a range of designs to the contest and my bracelet design was selected as a top 5 finalist!
I didn’t win — I think it was a blessing in disguise though. It turns out, the cost of printing models on a Cube is quite high. I also looked at Solidoodle 2 and the Makerbot Replicator 2 but then I found Afinia — or, rather they found me — on Twitter! The printer looked familiar, as it should, it is a re-branded UP! 3D printer that Afinia has made FCC compliant with some other enhancements/adjustments and it comes with US telephone support.