I got JGAurora 3D printer a few months ago. I learned a lot about 3D printers by assembling it myself. It was like assembling a computer. It comes with videos, a user manual, and Cura on an SD card.
I’ve already made a few upgrades. I got a PRINTinZ plate for my bed. I had to design and print a little stint to lift my Z-axis switch up by 4mm to get the plate to fit. The plate is very smooth, so the prints come out significantly smoother when I was using blue tape. The filament sticks to the plate better and pops of the plate easily. I also made a spool holder. The spool of filament rolls very smoothly on barrings. I might add a few more upgrades later.
I’m starting to develop a work flow. First, I use a program called 123D Design to design my 3D objects. After saving the objects as STL files, I use Cura to generate the G-code files. I save the G-code on and SD card. The SD card is inserted into my printer. After that, it’s just a matter of picking the file to print from the SD card.
You don’t have to be a 3D designer to get into 3D printing. There are sites where you can shop for the files or even download them for free. Thingiverse, for example, has a 3D printing community where people share designs. So far, I’ve printed The $30 3D scanner V3 by daveyclk and Jointed Robot by Shira from Thingiverse. The scanner is a turntable with a spot to hold your phone. It’s used in conjunction with 3D imaging apps to stitch multiple pictures of an object together to create a 3D image. I haven’t tried it yet, but the scanner has a lot of good reviews. I made the robot to get a better idea of how I might make joints in future projects. It’s good to see how other people put their designs together. I haven’t posted much on it, but if you’re interested, you can follow me on thingiverse here.
It’s so fun having a 3D printer. I have been into arts and crafts all of my life. There is only so much detail you can get with ceramics. I like the precision of 3D printing. I love how easily a piece can be replicated; the detailed memory of a piece stored on a tiny little SD card. 3D printing is awesome!