First Adventures in 3D Printing
Xebia recently acquired a 3D printer, a Prusa i3 MK2S to be precise. It came as a kit so it required assembly before we could put it into action. Luckily, multiple 3D printing enthusiasts at Xebia had done this before. I wasn’t one of them, so I mostly watched and helped out where I could.
Assembling the printer took several evenings, but eventually, it was done! It needed to calibrate itself afterward, to know the position of its head and nozzle in relation to the bed. Prusa added an automatic setting in its menu to make calibration as painless as possible. The MK2 comes with multiple ready-to-print example models, and over the following weeks, various Xebians (including myself) printed one of the models. Now we have quite an eclectic collection of 3D printed vases, whistles and dinosaur bones laying around the office.
These models were fun, but I wanted to print something other than an example. I’m a software engineer at Xebia, currently working on a project built in GO. As some of you may know, the mascot of the Golang programming language is a Gopher. I don’t know why, but for some reason, I got it in my head that I wanted to print a Gopher.