Broke down and bought the cheap 3D printer (Anet A8) that I had been watching. 7 hours after I got the package, give or take, the kit was a full-on printer.
Next up, finding the right tape for the bed after the first prints toasted the cheap masking tape they shipped on it. Blue painter’s tape is recommended…so I decided to spend money for the best. Got Scotch… HOWEVER, Scotch is now cheaply made (and sold at a premium price) and slick as hell instead of the textured surface it used to have. Needless to say, no adhesion. So I ran to Dollar General and got a no-name roll. Textured surface, good adhesion.
And on to the second step, leveling. This took me ages! And convinced me to splurge on the auto-leveling probe for the unit. MUCH nicer letting the software calculate offsets instead of jacking with 4 screws…of which changing one somehow changes the other 3 as if by magic.
Proper surface covering, check. Leveled, check. Printing…not yet. Cura, which ships with it, seems to slice prints that fail every time. Yet the demo prints (supposedly made with Cura) print fine. So I am in the settings twiddling phase. But soon, I hope to have it ready to start printing Fat Dragon Games 3D Dungeon Terrain and Creatures.
(The little demo robot, prints fine every time)