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3D printing gives retiree a grin like his Cheshire Cat – 3D Printing Industry

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Retired software engineer and technical director Steve Solomon has found his sense of fun, along with 3D printing. He is swift achieving internet fame under the moniker RedDadSteve, thanks to his cartoon-inspired creations on MyMiniFactory.
The American has brought us Fred Flintstone, Dilbert and Hagar the Horrible. His crowning glory, yet, is the grinning Cheshire Cat of Alice in Wonderland.
You can see his most work and download the creations on MyMiniFactory.
A new hobby was born
Steve was appearing for a new hobby after retiring of a 40-year stint as a software engineer and technical director at a financial company. There was unquestionably a pent up artist within him, as well as a comic side which most likely didn’t get much of a accident to shine in his job.
When he bought a Creator X FlashForge 3D printing device, which changed and he found a new passion for holding the outcome of his desktop work in his hands. Sharing his work online is one of the largest thrills of the whole system, too.
“In my work, all things I did was related to software development, so all things was intangible, not easy to hold a thing in your hand and appear at the outcome of my efforts,” he said. “There was always an improvement, an emergency or a thing and therefore never final outcome. With 3D printing, now I can version a thing, print it and share it online as a fully accomplished project. It is a real pleasure to get as concrete outcomes. “
Steve Solomon, RedDadSteve, has made a few stunning cartoon characters on MyMiniFactory
His wife is an essential part of the team
He works side-by-side with his wife, who chooses the subject matter and chooses the stance. Steve and so checks to see if it has been done preceding. If it has, he moves on. If nobody has done it preceding, he puts his technical understandledge to the test and rises to the challenge. It is the essence of the maker movement. “My goal is not to improve existing creations, but pretty to turn it into new ones,” he said.
Steve is completely self-taught and had to learn Blender of scratch. It is an inspirational tale, if nothing else, for those which struggle with the software packages. “I have no background in 3D versioning, but there are so most great teachers and tutorials on the Internet, it is in fact really easy to learn how to use Blender,” he said.
“I try to turn it into versions which do not need print media. So, I consider which the slicer Simplify3D is all part of my versioning system. Simplify3D allows for me to locate versions weaknesses and plumbs. So goes through most Blender-Simpify3D-Blender iterations preceding the final 3D printing. “
From disasters to doyenne
Similar to each maker, Steve had a few disasters in the early days and struggled to get the right level of infill, one of other things. He says it’s all part of the expanding pains and now he has created a feeling for the right settings.
“When I begined versioning, I needed most test prints to find the correct calibration and the correct settings. But now I have adequate experience to begin printing directly being approximately sure of the outcome.
“There’s two years ago when I bought my 3D printing device, I spent a lot of time to improve the settings and find the ideal solution for the parts adhere well to the printing plate. The impressions took off, twisted or too stuck to the tray. Until the day I installed a magnetic plate GeckoTek, it gave me a real comfort level printing! “
Steve is a shining example of how you can pick up a 3D printing device, learn the software and become a 3D printing tremendous. All it takes is the commitment to master the craft and you may join Steve and have a massive next on MyMiniFactory preceding you understand it.
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