I have had a Malyan M180 from HobbyKing for just over a year. It has been incredibly difficult to find information about even the basics. As a result I have had several false starts but have recently got into it again. I have produced a diary of my journey from first switching on to getting the sort of print that is shown in the "Troubleshooting 3D prints" type websites. Others seem to have been able to get there immediately but I didn't. Did anybody else have the same problem? Is it worth me polishing up and publishing my diary?
The main thing I have learnt from starting 3D printing is that it is a hobby in its own right and you have to be a bit obsessive and tenacious (stubborn) to get a decent result. I seem to have slipped on every banana skin and fallen down every rabbit hole between taking the printer out of the box and getting a passable (although not really acceptable) result. There seem to be lots of places to share the fine tuning of 3D printers but I have not found much help getting over the initial blunders that I made when starting printing. Perhaps I am alone and everyone else got it right straight away...
I had made a couple mini power pod firewalls using FreeCAD. I made them with the typical 16x19 or 12x16 hole spacings. Now that motors are coming out with all kinds of spacings (16x16, 12x12, etc.), I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to play with OpenSCAD and the Customizer App on Thingiverse. Users can now either download an STL file of my original "standard" firewalls, or click the "Open in Customizer" link and specify their own parameters for just about everything. Check it out below!