I am a software engineer living in San Jose, CA.
I've been curious about 3D printing for some time, mainly thinking about print-n-play board game pieces or board game box organizers, but the price of the printers put me off. But then Monoprice had a sale on their Cadet printer, and it was recommended by The Wirecutter, so I took a gamble.
Well, now I'm hooked. I quickly outgrew the Cadet and upgraded to an Ender 3 Pro for the bigger print surface.
I mainly use Cura for slicing things I download from Thingiverse but I've also successfully designed some home repair parts in OpenSCAD.