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Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:39 pm
by kojote
Hi, my name is Nils '@kojote' Hitze and I'm your friendly neighborhood Forum Mod.

Besides swinging the Banhammer here, I am also a Software Developer (fulltime), briefly was the Community Manager of Makible (Makibox 3D Printers), helped building the community of the G+ 3DP Community, sold 3D Printers in Germany, have seven kids, was Tom's colleague at BQ and am Tom's Merchandising / Opportunity guy at Tom's 3D.

Here is a picture of my printcave with the BQ Hephestos 2, Printrbot Simple Metal. Not in the picture but under the table my defunct Ultimaker 1 Original from 2012 - where it all started.


Nice to meet you, who's next?

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:59 pm
by StephanK
Nice to meet you, who's next?
Well, ok, since you asked and to keep the ball rolling. ;-)

I, too, write code for food (and to support my increasingly expensive hobbies). I'm running a tiny german blog where I ramble on about my experiences with 3D printing (at Here's my current "production" line:
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It all started with this guy, however, which is still hanging in and has been nothing but reliable to me. More so than some of the others in fact.
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While the picture might indicate otherwise, I do not usually shoot batteries (only the crappy ones - just kidding). I do have a LiIon battery fetish. I test them and publish my results at Which I guess could be called my 2nd hobby besides reshaping plastic.

And the electronics / battery testing corner looks like this:
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This concludes the tour of my "hobby basement".
Who's next? ;-)

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 4:48 am
by JustinF
I wish I had print caves like both of you, but I've only got one Prusa I3 MK2s clone that I just put together three weeks ago. I watched Tom's MK2 clone videos and I just had to try it for myself. It cost me more in parts than it would have been just to buy a kit, but it was fun to make. I've ran it for about 30 hours so far with only some minor hiccups. I'm hoping to figure out how to fix some of them here on this forum or may be on Tom's monthly Patreon webcast Q&A. I hope this Forum grows into a great source of information. Glad to be here. :D

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:06 am
by kojote
That's like a LOT of batteries you have there :)

My new hobby is called Cold Brew Coffee, I don't blog about it yet. But it's very yummy :)

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:41 am
by StephanK
@JustinF, watch out.. it starts with just one printer and then they start multiplying. ;-) And since you can build them yourself, i could imagine there's even more temptation to try out something new and different. I don't think i could do one all by myself, i have absolutely no talent for putting things together.

Cold brew coffee? That does sound interesting. You should blog about it.. My batteries.. err.. there might be close to 800 pieces atm. Waiting for the next annual recycling day at the local recycling center to offload a few more. The garage is getting full again.

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:56 am
by kojote
StephanK wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 9:41 am
Cold brew coffee? That does sound interesting. You should blog about it..

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:27 pm
by megamaking
Hey there! Mega Making here! I am from Malaysia.

Owned my first 3d printer around 13 months ago been addicted to 3d printing since then. Also been watching and following tom's videos for almost a year now. Inspired by Tom, I've started my 3d printing/maker youtube channel. I wanted to show you my man cave... but is really messy... :lol:

Btw... where is tom :D

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:29 pm
by Pongi
Hi my name is Jes, im 28 and from denmark. Not really a cave, more like office closet. :) I got my A8 in December.

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:22 pm
by Thomas
Hi, my name is Thomas and i´m working as a electronics technician in an warranty return lab here in bavaria, germany.
I´m also programming a bit as a hobby (Autoit Scripting and which also helps a bit getting around the 3D printing hard/software.
I started my 3D printing adventure by getting an used 3DP-100 from pollin electronics that is currently heavily modified for fun and learning.
From my experience i can also say that when you start tinkering with the printers they sudenly start multiplying like magic and so recently i received an ANET A8 that has been modified for ABS printing and i´m still waiting for an original Prusa i3 MK2s (the shipping times are crazy atm).

The printing "cave" will follow when the printers are in working condition and there are still plans for encasing them (IKEA hacks) with a central power supply and octoprint management. I´ll try to document that as good as possible.

Re: Introduction Thread #printcave

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:36 pm
by CarstenWartmann

Carsten from Berlin here. Blender Monkey since nearly 20 years. So I do all my modelling with Blender ("Fachidiot"). Wrote a book about Blender and do my living with it. 3D Printing became more and more my hobby the last years (started with a Velleman k8200). Also doing many Make stuff and Arduino/Raspi.

Like to share my knowledge here.