COVID-19, 3D Printing 

I've had this new printer for probably two weeks now, and today is the first time I'm attempting a face shield visor.

I don't think people recognize a few things about #3DPrinting:
1) Every printer is different. Every filament is different. We can get settings from other folks that set us ahead somewhat, but there's still a "dialing in" process.
2) Materials are different. They have different properties. Different projects need different materials.

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COVID-19, 3D Printing 

3) Most people just use PLA as a material: it's cheap, it's usually quite easy, and it is NOT suited for something you might potentially autoclave. PETG IS better suited for that, and many folks don't mess with it much as it's a bit touchier. That dialing in process? PETG requires another, more finicky round.
4) This is, for most folks out there, a hobby. It requires much tinkering, and its rewards are basically "I brought a thing into the world."

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COVID-19, 3D Printing 

5) It generally takes hours to bring a thing into the world. Something the size of a half-dollar US coin is maybe 30 minutes; four coins suddenly become close to two hours.

Let's put all this together.

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@thraeryn "half dollar US coin"? Welcome, time traveler!

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