I'm from the Atlanta, Georgia (USA) area and I wanted a 3D printer as soon as I saw one, but I figured that I'd let the market quiet down before buying anything. Well, a few months ago, I was tempted by some videos I saw and a couple hundred dollars later, well, here I am.
I'm still a printer noob, but I really enjoy being able to open a designer, craft a little whatever that I need for something around the house, slice it, and have it printing within a few minutes. This is as close to "real" magic as I think I've ever come.
I caught a deal on a Maker Select (clone of the Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2).
How/where did I find out about AstroPrint? Great question! I use a Chromebook as my daily driver. As you may know, installing software on a Chromebook isn't really possible. (I'm excluding extensions.) So if I want to do anything, it needs to run in the (Chrome) browser. I searched for some designers and slices that meet that criterion and after one slicer ended the print by (unnecessarily, IMO) raising my extruder so high that it smooshed a wire against the gantry, I went to the next slicer on my list, AstroPrint and I really haven't looked back since.
The reason I came to the forum is because there are times when I think a thicker skirt or a raft might be helpful (e.g., I just had to abandon a Mobius-strip print because of a poor skirt at the start), but when I click on Advanced Slicer Settings >> Skirt and Brim, the fields for:
Number of Skirt Lines
Number of Brim Lines
are grayed out. (The only value I can change on that page is for Skirt Minimal Length.)
That said, it was just 10 seconds ago that I realized gray is really just a color and does not mean that I can't change the value. D'ohhh!
I am still trying to figure out how to make a nice raft like the one that printed with my sample files that came with my printer, as I think that would help a lot with the first-layer adhesion issues I'm running into every so often, so if someone could point me to another thread and/or suggest some starting values, I'd be very appreciative.
Thanks so much for making this awesome software available for free. Once my Budget Director stops frowning at me, I want to go the Astrobox route so I don't have to keep sneakernetting my microSD card.