What is 3D GURU all about?
I got into 3D printing about 3 years ago. I had been reading about 3D printers and had determined that, at the time, all of the decent 3D printers were too expensive for me to buy for home use. Lucky for me I lived in Tampa, FL. The Tampa Hackerspace is the largest Makerspace in Florida and they had 3 very nice printers. A DeltaMaker, a Wanhao Duplicator 4 and a Kossel Delta. I took the orientation classes and was printing in no time.
I soon realized that the next challenge would be finding or making STL files for the things I need to print. Contrary to popular belief Thingiverse does not always have exactly what you need. Especially if you need an antenna mount for a new quad copter that just came out. I had to lead how to make 3D models and STL files. I had tried Sketchup years before and not had much luck. A buddy I know had SolidWorks but it was way too expensive for a hobbyist. Then I found Autodesk’s Fusion 360.
Fusion 360 is a ridiculously capable 3D design and manufacturing tool. It’s an all in one product that allows a company to take a product from a design concept through to prototyping, testing and production manufacturing. The best part is that this fully functionals and unrestricted software is free to startups, hobbyists and enthusiasts! It took a while to get the hang of it. Most of the instructional videos online assumed you had some knowledge of the basic functions and content to learn the basics was very hard to find. I kept at it and now I am the resident Fusion 360 instructor at the Tampa Hackerspace.
Learning Fusion 360 opened up a world of possibilities. If I need anything from 3D printed parts, laser cut plastics or wood to CNC machined metals I can draw the part in a few minutes, save an STL file to slice, export G-Code to load into a CNC mill or export .DXF files for a laser cutter.
Circling back to 3D printers, the reliability and print quality of 3D printers today is leaps and bounds better than a year or two ago. The prices of printers are dropping too. Off the shelf printers like the CR-10 and DIY printers like the Hypercubes are very affordable and can generate amazingly high-quality prints.
By now you are saying yeah, yeah…what’s this all have to do with 3D GURU? Well, I learned how to do all of this stuff and now I want to show you how to do it too. Over the next few weeks you will start seeing new, original blogs and instructional videos as well as links to other sites and video channels with awesome how-to content.
We want 3D GURU to be your go-to portal for all of the best 3D design and 3D printing content online.
- How-To Series: Building the Hypercube 300 CoreXY Printer
- What’s New: Using the new Hypercube 300 assembly tools
- What’s new: The Hypercube 300 Light X Carrier
- How-To Series: Introduction to Fusion 360
- How-To Series: Fusion 360 - Modeling, 3D printing and setting up a racing quadcopter
- And much more!