Like I mentioned in josh's post I've gotten interested in 3d printing. Rather than stealing his thread I made a new one.
So my question is, "What do I need to know before I start 3D Printing?". I think I zero'ed in on the soliddoodle 2 but I still don't know what I need to know.
For example, What are the different parts of a printer? What do I need o know to run one? What are some notes about the software? What's the difference between pla and abs?
Thanks for any info people post.
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This looks like another good place to start
I have been using AutoDesk products for over 15 years for a whole host of 2D and 3D drawing. Admittedly I hadn't done any 3D for about 5 years before the middle of last year but it is 123D I use when I do now.
123D is simpler to use than AutoCAD and Inventor for it's 3D and while AutoCAD and Inventor have much more powerful features 123D makes it very easy and very quick to knock up a rough drawing which can then be refined in AutoCAD (if needed - to be honest most of the time it isn't needed).
What are you trying to do that 123D wont do?
Here is a quick example of one thing I was working on for my Jarvis robot, made entirely in 123d
Anyways im going to see if there are any hidden features that im missing because 123D seems to be missing something...
Any other comments are definitely welcome.