I started designing and printing when I received a da Vinci 1.0 several years ago, as a gift from my wife. Kept the machine as mainly stock, but tightened up various aspects of the printer, to keep the build plate as fixed as possible, and created my own chip resetter, using instructions from the internet, and an Arduino. This allowed me to move away from ABS (stock filament for the da Vinci, and move to PLA.
My preferred slicer is Simplify3D. I took the plunge, and purchased the software a few years back, and have used it ever since - the improvement in the prints on the da Vinci was incredible.
I replaced my da Vinci 1.0 with a Tevo Little Monster early December 2017, and had the machine working straight out of the box, after a few teething problems (some connectors back to front being the only real issue). After a failed print (user error, rather than machine error, as I neglected to place any sort of adhesive on the glass bed, for a 13 hour print, which left the hot end caked in PLA), I chose to replace the entire hot end with a genuine E3D Tornado, and haven’t looked back.
I still use S3D as my slicer, but I save the files to the SD card on the TLM, and print there, rather than having a long USB cable going across the middle of the room. I had no issues printing via USB, but find it much more convenient not having the PC tied to the printer during long prints.
I think the TLM is a great machine, and I have been able to produce some fantastic prints with it, from large multi-piece terrain for wargames, to decent 32mm miniatures, designed to be printed on SLA/ DLP printers. Mind you, I’m printing at a layer height of 0.0404, and a 32 mm miniature takes around three hours to print, but it works... I am able to successfully print with PLA, PLA+, TPU flex, and PETG, without making any changes to the printer, other than in the software settings. I haven’t tried ABS, or any of the more exotic filaments with the TLM, but am confident the machine will handle them. I don’t really have the inclination to print in ABS on the TLM - why would I, when PLA+ and PETG work just fine, and are so much easier to use than ABS?
My 3D printing interests are primarily to do with bits and pieces for board- and war-games, and printing useful things for around the house (replacement knobs, garden shed door sliders, pen holders, etc). Basically, if it’s something I need that I can print rather than buy, I will do so.
I Am A…Maker, Designer
Tools I Use…
Printers: Delta (Little Monster)
Design Programs: Sketchup, Blender, MeshMixer, Sculptris, Autodesk Remake
3D Design Skill Level