Who am I?
I never use my real name online unless I am buying something or paying bills, so I go by either Neamerjell or Jeremiah Bullfrog. I am an all around geek. I love sci-fi movies, series and books, science, technology, Lego, PC gaming, anime, just about anything geeky. I live near Cincinnati, Ohio.
What's with that username?
A long time ago, maybe between 2000 and 2003, a friend of mine was trying to come up with a username that wasn't already taken and wouldn't be like "JSmith3695". So he made an anagram of his first and middle names and came up with "Bojesphob". I loved the idea so I created my own: "Neamerjell". I pronounce it "knee-mer-jell". So far, I have had zero issues creating a unique username.
3D printer experience
Besides walking into MicroCenter and being mesmerized by the whirring, whining, machines which are surely the first step on the way to producing an actual replicator from Star Trek? About 16 hours on my brand new Lulzbot Mini.
What I have printed so far
With the included HIPS sample:
A near perfect "Rocktopus", the Open Hardware Keychain (broken), a wire frame dodecahedron with lots of stringy bits (broken)
With the Inland (MicroCenter's house brand) PLA I bought:
A failed benchmark piece, a lot of wasted oozed filament, a couple of decent benchmark pieces, a near perfect 3Dbenchy tugboat, and a dang near useless 11.5mm wrench that was supposed
to be adjustable, but the screw part fused to the body and is now part of the body
. I'm still trying to figure out just what the Lulzbot Mini is capable of and what I should reasonably expect from it.
Why I got into 3D printing
I blame the YouTube users Barnacules Nerdgasm for the interest and 3D Printing Nerd for my choice of printer. Like I said before, I'm interested in almost anything geeky, and this is about as geeky as it gets!
I was fascinated by the concept of a 3D printer and I have seen other automated fabrication devices - laser cutters, CNC mills, etc, but a 3D printer was something I actually had a chance at owning. I tend to be a bargain hunter, Mom taught me well in that respect, and the Lulzbot Mini looked like a bargain compared to the Ultimaker 2 which is nearly twice the price. The Mini's heated and automatically leveling bed, and having it work right out of the box were huge selling points for me. The fact that MicroCenter had it in stock and I could walk out the door with one that day sealed the deal.