New Makers – welcome! If you’re reading this article, we reckon it’s safe to assume that your dreams are 3D printed, just like ours. Whether you’re the happy new owner of 3D printer or not, this article is to give you a glimpse of what’s to come.

3D Printing Nerd's advice to new Makers Screenshots via: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_7aK9PpYTqt08ERh1MewlQ">3D Printing Nerd </a>on Youtube.

3D Printing Nerd’s advice to new Makers Screenshots via: 3D Printing Nerd on YouTube.

One of the most familiar names in 3D printing, and a valuable source of knowledge is the 3D Printing Nerd aka Joel Telling. In his ‘My Top 5 3D Printer Tips After Getting Your First #3DPrinter’ on YouTube, Joel look’s at how some of the Maker community’s new faces are taking their first tentative steps into 3D printing, and hopefully remembering:

  1. To read the instructions
  2. To be careful with the printer but not afraid to break it
  3. To ask for help and learn from others
  4. That failure happens, and it’s part of the process
  5. Most importantly: to have fun

Your first 3D prints

Under the #3Dprinting tag on Facebook, Kristofer Brosio shares his first print on a Monoprice Select Mini 3D printer. He made this ace little Ultimaker robot.

Screenshot via Facebook. 3D printed robot by: Kristofer Brozio

Screenshot via Facebook. 3D printed robot by: Kristofer Brozio

And we’re especially impressed by the artist Dolf Veenvliet’s first 3D print of 2017.

The first of 2017 Colorfull Skull series by Wolf Veenvliet. Photo via: macouno on Instagram

The first of 2017 Colorfull Skull series by Dolf Veenvliet. Photo via: macouno on Instagram

Just to prove that romance isn’t dead, a lot of people are thanking their spouse for the gift of 3D printing at Christmas. Shared on the Morphy Richards Soup Maker page, one Facebook user thanks his wife for a 3D printer he used to make a stand for the blender blade.

A 3D printed 'drip catcher' for blending blades. Photo via: Chris Rendall @ Morphy Richards Soup Maker on Facebook.

Soup galore! A 3D printed ‘drip catcher’ for blending blades. Photo via: Chris Rendall @ Morphy Richards Soup Maker on Facebook.

The young maker community

Reviewing the social media landscape it seems that XYZ Printing 3D printers are top of the list for many first-time makers out there. On YouTube The Da Vinci Mini printer appears as one the most popular.

U.S. based Luca Shakoori is one lucky owner of a new Da Vinci Mini. He has been running his YouTube channel since November 2016, sharing clips of things he’s made with his family and friends including a political debate.

Luca Shakoori and hi Da Vinci Mini 3D printer. Screenshot from the video: What I got for Christmas 2016 - 3D Printer Review

Luca Shakoori and his Da Vinci Mini 3D printer. Screenshot from the video: What I got for Christmas 2016 – 3D Printer Review

His overall verdict is that the 3D printer is ‘pretty fast’ taking 20 minutes to print a mini figure of the Eiffel Tower in green PLA.

Arts and crafts YouTuber 4everartsy, on the other hand has a Da Vinci Jr. model. She takes inspiration from lnacrafting 212 to make cute decals, and iPhone case and mini Minecraft tools (the sword is our favorite).

3D printed minecraft tools. Screenshot via: 4everartsy on Youtube

3D printed Minecraft tools. Screenshot via: 4everartsy on Youtube

Your designs

If you received a 3D printer for Christmas or have anything else you’d like to share with us at 3DPI don’t forget that you can send us an email, or leave a comment on our social media channels. You can also get involved by submitting your nominations for the 1st Annual 3D Printing Industry Awards.

We wish all new (and old) readers a Happy New Year and hopefully you might even decide to begin a career in 3D printing.

All aboard for 3D printing! Featured image shows a 3D printed wave stand for a 3DBenchy boat. Design & Photo by: Dan Furniss (furnibird on Thingiverse)

 

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