3D Print Hangout, May 1, 2017

Whew! it’s been a while since my last 3D print hangout write-up!  We continue to hold this event every two weeks.  We had a good turnout this week; about a dozen guests.
Terry brought along his Monoprice Mini that he got a few months ago for about $150.00.  It has  a small build area, but works right out of the box and has a large online community.
Terry also found a neat cabinet that the printer fits in perfectly.  It was originally designed for network appliances.  He lined it with foam for additional noise cancelling.
Will brought his nascent Prusa rework Reprap machine in for a bit of show-and-tell and tuning.  We got it going, and did some brainstorming for improvements.  Parts for this machine were made right here at AMT on our own 3D printers and Laser cutter.  Yes, you can make your own 3D printer!  If you’re interested, let us know.  We can even supply some of the parts from our stash.
Terry and a number of other members have expressed interest in deploying Octoprint for our printers.  Click out the link if you want to learn more about it.  We had a look at it and debated the pros and cons during this meeting.  I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth the effort, but Octoprint fans really love it.  I’d like to organize a task-team to set up a trial-deployment.  If you’re interested in participating, contact me on Slack!
Just a reminder, we now officially start the meeting with a 3D print 101 training session which takes about 45 minutes or so.  You may come later if you want to skip that part. Non members are always welcome.  Come join us!