By day I engineer software packages for a large automotive company. By night I tinker. I started with paper models in DoubleCad with a Silhouette Cameo. Tabletop wargaming turned me to 3d printing. I picked up a Micro3d but it took heavy modding to keep it running and I eventually gave up on it. I replaced it with an ANET A8 that has been a great work horse with minimal modding. These days the bulk of my work is shared between an Ender 3 and the Anet. I also have a Tronxy X1 that has been awful from day 1, and an old wood kit Printrbot simple that I am modding, and an Anet A6. My most recent acquisition is an Elegoo Mars.
I started in Tinkercad, which is where I think everyone should start. From there I discovered OpenScad, which was great for me as a programmer. But these days I use Meshmixer and Fusion360 for all my design work. Both have steeper learning curves, but are faster and easier to use in the end. If your time is precious, learn these tools.
I hate calling myself an artist, because there is no "art" in what I do. Most of my tinkering is an exploration of what I can and cannot do. I like function over form, but I do appreciate form. I also tinker with arduino, and have taught robotics at the high school level using Lego Mindstorms.
I Am A…Designer, Engineer, Maker
Tools I Use…
Printers: Micro3D , Anet A8 , Modified Tronxy X1 , A6 , Ender 3 , Elegoo Mars
Design Programs: MeshMixer, OpenSCAD, Fusion 360
3D Design Skill Level