I am currently incredibly frustrated… not surprising perhaps, after all, I’m a fuddy duddy… getting ready to retire and looking for something to learn/do.
3D printing seemed like a logical choice, but gad… it’s not exactly nailed down. I had almost settled on a kit… after all, I’m good at electronics, computer control etc. but the sheer amount of “maybe” answers is driving me nuts. In fact, I was going to order a reprap kit… fine, it’s not perfect, but it’s a great start… or is it?
I found another kit that seemed to answer my desires, but when I looked at the contents… bah, nope… 5mm threaded rods and basic 5mm nuts ain’t gonna cut it. Ramps 1.4… it’s old hat, where is the Rumba stuff? And it’s almost at my MAX available funds.
I’ve found cheaper kits that including 8mm ACME Z rods, but not this kit. On the other hand, the kit that got me excited had an almost 12" x 12" x 12" build area… heated and a frame that would make enclosing it for ABS or (enter choice of filament here) a cinch. But… the 5mm threaded rod and bog standard nuts, ramps 1.4… the need to download and install the firmware, cuz it wasn’t done… fergetit
Fast forward to my next line of thought… I am a structural kind of guy. What I want is to make “needed” parts for something else. I don’t give a flying fig about art… the Rolling Pin Dept. might disagree, but for me… I need function, not looks. So… being trained many years ago to draft stuff in 3D on paper, I gave 3D cad a shot… bah! I can’t figger it out! It’s crap… I mean, I could design something in my mind, put it on traditional paper and be done in an hour… CAD takes at least 10 times the amount of time… Sure, I can dupe the part as many times as I like if I’ve got an .stl, but honestly… 10 times the amount of time???
So there I are… frustrated… I’d really like to get into this “realm”, but I need a guiding hand… someone who knows where I come from and where I need to go to “see the light”.
Anyone got any suggestions?