I printed this mini press from the design by the Open Press project. It will print up to about 6cm wide. I plan to do some dry point etching in plastic plates designed for the purpose. I’ll have to wait a few days as the ink & paper I’ll need are on order. This is the most ambitious project I’ve attempted on my 3d printer. Three of the parts took a day each to print.
These are some of my first 3D prints. They are maquettes for a larger piece I’m considering making. If I go ahead with what would be a pretty ambitious work, each of these pieces will be cast in something like concrete or weatherproof plaster and would be around 10x10x10cm. This is intended as a sculptural work which can be rearranged by the viewer. I will include a “planter” which will probably be 20x20x20cm, intended to be planted with fine grass.
I plan to 3D print the moulds for each piece. I’ll use some flexible filament so each casting can be removed from the mould.
A few weeks ago I bought an Ender 3 3D Printer. This wasn’t my first choice of 2D printer as I was put off by having to assemble it myself. In the end, it wasn’t too difficult and a video on YouTube was very helpful.
I reckon the Ender 3 makes an excellent first 3D printer, particularly at the very agreeable price of less than UK £200.