I’m ignoring the good advice of waiting for kits to be released. I accept responsibility for my actions.
First ever time printing was last night with a second-hand craigslist ender 3 pro. I have a Prusa on order, but my impatience got the better of me. I can already see that having three machines is better than one, just like 2d printers! Anyway, I started with the smallest parts after getting familiar with the printer.
Printing 0.4mm nozzle, 3 walls, 60mm, 50% infill, gyroid(?), with coex plum and inferno orange pla.
Metal tubes from Metals Depot arrived yesterday. Going to need some finishing work and some sanding / shimming. Roughly $130 for the stainless cut this way. It wasn’t looking much, if any, cheaper to buy and cut it myself. Welded SS tube seems perfectly fine. I was concerned about that, but shouldn’t have been.
I forgot to get a 5-8mm coupler, so I’ll be placing another order soon, probably with an lcd just in case I want to see what that can do.
My ultimate goal is to design and build a 3d capable wire-bending cnc machine for 1mm diameter soft wire. I have fairly narrow needs, so it probably won’t be useful as-is for others, but should be adaptable if there ends up being interest. This is a long term project and I’m sometimes bad at those… I’m looking at you 800ft backyard fence…