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The company I work for thought we would get a lot of usage out of 3D printing parts. That was a few years ago and I think we do 4 small usage parts. Luckily we outsourced the printing and saved the cost of buying a printer.
I will tell you I read one of the best bits of advice I think I have seen regarding 3D printing. "If you are not a tinkerer, 3D printing is not for you."
I have a Tevo Tornado. I am happy with it. As a beginner it is a cheap entry printer ~$400. The instructions for setting it up are horrible but there are plenty of You tubes that you can go through to help in getting going. Then you can go to places like thingiverse and get models to download and print until you get designing figured out.
Steps I went through.
1. set it up
2. Find pre-made models on thingiverse etc to print
3. Learn how to tweak printer/slicer settings
4. trial and error followed by trial and error
5. Learn to design your own models.
6. repeat step 4.
I strongly agree. I developed printers for 3D Systems for past 6 years - they gave up on consumer printers years ago, it just didn't make business sense. It wasn't easy to make the models, FDM couldn't be made reliable for us, so we just stuck with the industrial side (SLS, SLA, Multi-jet, Metal, etc.). Prototyping is the largest market area.
I still feel the 3D model creation side is the worse part of it, the software just isn't there, steep learning curve. However, if you like a challenge...good luck!!!
I've been using the Ultimaker 2+ for several years now and love the printer! I started out with Autodesk's 123D Design and loved it due to it's simplicity and mainly because I didn't have any real CAD experience and was a noob. Autodesk has since dropped this product and you have to use Fusion 360 which is a better CAD product, but I grew up on 123D Design and don't care for Fusion. I've used the Ultimaker 2+ to build gear boxes, gears, axles, support arms, enclosure boxes, stepper motor mounts, etc. Some of the parts I used to print took 36 hours and the Ultimaker with its heated bed did a awesome job! But you have to make sure that you put the printer on a UPS just in case you loose power (which happens where I live). Ultimaker with Cura (slicer app) and you can't go wrong.
I have an old Aluminatus,big,loud and heavy. Uses 3mm size filaments. A work horse though, I have printed parts that took 40 hours to complete. It has been very reliable. It has a 300mm X 300mm X 300mm work area.
The latest top-up went down like toxic fumes: laptop frozen for over 30 minutes with the blue screen saying: 'do not turn your computer off' ... no vibes of disk activity ... alt-control-delete didn't work. Multiple reboots holding down various keys I thought would get to the bios, or enable boot in safe-mode ... didn't work.
I went in the bedroom, got under a quilt, assumed a fetal position, tried to wish it all away ... back to the room of the infested beast after sleep-fail: one final try holding spacebar down ... damn ... it booted, and I was able to complete the update, and reboot.
This was a barbed-wire proctology alarm-clock wakey-wakey: I have not backed up the beast with AOMEI for over six weeks. Even though I'm all clouded-up, the thought of another day of installing and installing, and making sure apps are registered, etc., fills me with deep existential dread.
There: I feel better now ... isn't suffering.shared == suffering.diluted ?
Time to get backed-up
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
Good thing about running 10 in a VM, can carry on doing work while it does (or pretends) to do it's update thing, and oh yeah, if it does go titsup there's this handy roll back feature.
10 belongs in a VM, particularlyabsolutely always on new Gen 8+ hardware
(such a waste dedicating hardware to just 10, you really don't get your moneys worth, like using a Ferrari to go shopping half a mile down the road and nothing else.)
I've got a fairly simple machine
i5-8400, 32GB DDR4, 1TB SSD X 2. using integrated graphics (don't play games that need more)
and a backup machine identical except it's got 64GB RAM.
the VMs (VirtualBox) boots and runs win as fast as when I ran it direct on the machine (did some basic timing before trashing the windows partitions) 2 VM's side by side (including running virtual studio, compiling, debugging etc on both at the same time) and even then I only give the VM's 2 CPU cores each.
... above tells me windows clearly not taking full advantage of the machine if it boots/runs as fast virtualized with only 2 of 6 cores available.
...and hence I say windows is a waste of new gen hardware. Yeah it's a little bit faster, but no where near as much as it should be.
(not counting benchmarks which are purposely optimized for hardware often bypassing windows calls) yeah OK windows was never designed with multi core (or true multi user) in mind, like any new features it was just bolted onto the Win2K core - and that hack it seems still remains in win10.
Summary: if you're running windows native on new hardware you're big-time missing out on what that hardware is capable of.
windows was never designed with multi core (or true multi user) in mind, like any new features it was just bolted onto the Win2K core
I think you need to dig further back into history. Win2K didn't evolve from 95/98/ME as many people believe (I'd otherwise agree with your claims). The NT line originally could run on x86, IA-32, MIPS and Alpha systems, and was designed to support multiple CPUs and cores (and users) from the get-go.
I have not backed up the beast with AOMEI for over six weeks. Even though I'm all clouded-up, the thought of another day of installing and installing, and making sure apps are registered, etc., fills me with deep existential dread.
I'll refer you to HEndrik's rules of computing:
1) Make a backup
2) Make *ANOTHER* backup
3) *CHECK* those backups
They are actually in *reverse* order of importance
Ages ago, it was normal to expect the accessability-functions to work correctly in WinForms.
We had machines that sold train-tickets with braille on the buttons, tiles in the pavement that you could feel with your feet to lead you in the right direction. Then they got replaced by a touch-screen.
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"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
Sometimes it just sucks to be blind. I'm not intentionally being harsh, but I am saying Mr. Robles is fos. Anyone want to challenge me on some lawyer thinking they can market this? Sheer and total nonsense. Why do I say this?
What prevents Mr. Robles just calling the elephanting store?
Me? If I ran a business and I had to do this? No website.
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