Going to buy one soon but what do I need?

Things that im wondering:

1. Do I use AutoCad or 3d studio max or something else? (At the moment im not 100% on what im making but so far i think ill be building things like Strandbeest or bookmakrs nothing huge but interesting projects. Ultimately I want to find the thing i love making).

2. Robo R1 "ABS+PLA Model" for now seems like the best model for the price (ultimately when im good at it I want to buy a Form 1 "formlabs" for jewelry)

3. Should I grab any 3d model I see and hoard it like a winter squirrel?

4. instructables has always been a great site (Home improvement projects) I just never had a reason to build a profile, are there other sites that would have info on 3d printing?

Any help would be great :)

1Vega (author) 3 years ago

Thank you for both for your help, I was thinking on getting a printrbot seemed like it was cheap and plenty of upgrades and i do like to tinker. Seems like where ever I look the printer I want might not be it but looks like once i start ill find out which is perfect for me.

wilgubeast3 years ago

If you're a student, you can get the Autodesk software for free. If not, there are still free options in the 123D suite of apps. (Like 123D Catch, definitely a fun one to start with.)

On the actual printer front, that'll depend on what you want to print, how much money you've got, and how much tinkering you're willing to do.

No need to hoard models, as you'll be able to play with a ton of options via 123D's gallery or Thingiverse.

1Vega (author) 3 years ago

been reading that laser sintering 3D printers will become affordable but I have not found one yet, did I miss read this?

affordable is a relative term, if you have a few thousand burning a hole in your pocket?

You should just browse through some of the 3D printed instructables or search through the reprap forums or any other 3D printer that may have kickstarter discussion pages or Thingiverse. You might want to look up the Make magazine site for their 3D printer reviews and roundup. There are a lot of options to create the base STL file or conversion to that format and then slice it for the 3D printer. Lots of info out there. Good luck.