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I'm Karla from Brazil.

I was wondering if actual printer usage can be driven by community and would like to ask some of you: How much you use your printer on an average month (in number of prints)? And how many of those prints are not designed by you?

I'm not a professional designer and I usually print stuff I designed for my own project (like project boxes or spare parts). Even though you can easily find some really awesome STL files in the web, I don't print them as much and I feel like this is not the average behaviour.

The number of 3D design marketplaces is skyrocketing and apparently people do print other people's design all the time. Do you agree?

Thanks for the insight! :)

Karla Lopez


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Posted · Question about printer usage x community potential

I design most of the stuff I print because that's what I got it for... making my 3D stuff come to life.

I grab stuff from model libraries once in a while,but because they're often STL, and not quite perfect usually, I'll modify them or just re-design it. But I usually only go there to print something I need like a replacement, printer part, etc. Or something for a friend. This probably accounts 10% of my printer usage.

The rest of the 90% time I'm printing custom designed things, I like making custom useful things, a lot of the time for camera setups. And game related things you can't buy (signature). I'd say average about 2-3 complicated projects (including copies) and 2 little things printed per month.


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