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This looks great. Regarding printing, I sent the files off to a local 3D printer shop for a printing quote and received the following response...

"This is highly detailed artwork requiring supports and I don't think that FDM printing will do it justice. If you can afford it I would recommend SLS which is a powder based process that doesn't require supports. My associates at XXXX can do this for you..."

I contacted XXXX and received a quote saying this project would cost me $2300. That's not a typo.

It sounds like I could just purchase your exact Anycubic I3 Mega for several hundred dollars and print my own for less than the service would charge me.

Since I'm completely new to this process..

1) What does it mean to "reduce supports?" I've seen you say that a few times in the comments
2) For this to look like what you showed us on Reddit, how much material (and what type of material) did you actually use?
3) How plug and play is this process? If I purchase your identical printer on Amazon...Do I need a program for my brand new printer or am I able to just upload the files and tell it to go?

Thanks again...your work is so amazing it could be the driving force behind me purchasing a printer.