One day I decided buy a 3D printer. However, after looking I could not find the real need or the budget commitment that it would require. These 3d printers are tooooooooo expensive, so I thought. Then looking in detail online I saw that people were building them from parts kits. After some hard work you can make one yourself DIY style. I like to tinker and have an IT / Comp SCI background, so I decided to build one from a parts kit out of Shenzhen, China :) The Anet A8 printer runs beautifully, I call it Bessy the beast. The best upgrade I have done thus far was hooking it into a raspberry PI so that I can print over WiFi via OctoPrint and thumb screw covers on the bed. I have achieved some really high quality prints, but that was only after using the printed upgrades and support items from this site. I can print almost as good as the 2500$ 3D printers, but my total cost in the entire project has been roughly $250 USD. Not taking into account the man hours and time, weeks and days of sweat equity was put into the beast to get to the point where the tweaks were perfected. I strictly use Linux with CURA, MatterContol, SliceR, TinkerCad, Blender, OpenScad. This 3D thing is fun stuff!! I make all kinds of arduino and Raspberry PI electronics project kits, project boxes and items related to radio gear. This stuff is the must fun I have had in years! I can make that, give me a second and off the printer it comes.
I Am A…Maker, Professional, Designer
Tools I Use…
Printers: Anet A8
Design Programs: Tinkercad, Blender, OpenSCAD, Inkscape, Sketchup
3D Design Skill Level