I am sure a lot of you have noticed that I have been posting a lot of 3D printing related posts here as of recent. This is something that I took up in late 2016 as a hobby that has blossomed into not only a hobby that I enjoy but now a side venture that is quickly overtaking my IT side of things. It is for that reason I have decided to move the 3D printing related things under it’s own site and brand so that this site can go back to an IT focused site.
I will be leaving the existing articles up on here since there are many people that still use them. I have added redirects for most other links for downloads, products, the store, and other items on the 3D printing side to redirect to the new brand. All existing customers will need to re-register on the new site if you want to purchase additional products but your orders have been retained and moved to the new site so I can track warranty and other information.
Most importantly I just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to the CR-10 Facebook Community for supporting me and giving me the encouragement to turn something that was a little hobby into a blossoming business. I hope that it keeps up to the point where I can do this full time in the near future. I want to keep bringing things that are usually limited to advanced users due to their complex nature and making them into products that even beginners can use. My focus is also on providing great service, documentation, and support to everyone (not just customers). I genuinely enjoy helping people out online with things that seem simple to me but can feel complex to them.
I also want to give a huge thank you to my fiancee Samantha who has been not only supportive but extremely helpful with getting things going and packing orders. I also want to thank my friends that have come over to help out when we need to get a bunch of kits completed.
All in all everything is going well and I am looking forward to what the future brings. I will still be doing IT things as this is my original and still one of my passions but 3D printing is here to stay in my life and I truly believe it is the future.
Due to the overwhelming amount of questions and message I receive I will not be answering general questions (like requests for ALL the links to the STL files that were used on my build). This is not me being mean but there is too much to list. If you have a specific question then go right ahead and ask!
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A few months ago I posted 2 articles (Post 1 & Post 2) about upgrades to do to the Anet A8 printer. I planned on writing more guides in addition to the 2 mentioned but I quickly found that there was just too much to cover in regards to this printer. I was constantly making changes here and there to the printer so it was hard to keep up.
The bottom line is that the first 2 articles I posted are really all that you need to get good prints and make the printer reliable. Anything further than that you will be customizing the printer for a specific need that you have or want. As I write this followup my printer only has 2 things that are factory left on it; the heated bed PCB and the frame. I have replaced and upgraded every other part on the printer and even added dual color support through the single hotend. The guides were meant to get you started with the printer and to make it safer, these 2 posts did just that.
That is really all that I needed to say on the matter. There will be no other posts as I feel the ones already published cover the goal of the articles and anything further would not be applicable to everyone as people have different demands and needs for their individual printer.
A few weeks ago I went to use my SnapChat account and found that it was not logged in anymore. No big deal right? I went to log back in and the account is now magically disabled. I went through the account unlock process and it still will not let me log in. I said forget it and just uninstalled the application and moved on with my life.
Today my Facebook account was put in a locked state after I was posting a link to some firmware for the Anet A8 printer in a Facebook group that I help run. I try to submit the account verification with my ID and their page that is used to submit this information is broken.
That leads me to this post. What do you do when a platform that you use to communicate and network with friends locks you out without being able to re-instate the account? With regards to Facebook you post pictures and create memories for your friends and family. I also use Facebook to share posts from this website on the page for it as well. I have multiple people that I exclusively talk to through Facebook Messenger and I realized that I do not have any other way to contact them.
It has made me realize that you shouldn’t centralize your communications through one platform, especially Facebook. I have no way to contact these people that I talk to daily or a way to share these posts on the page for this website since the account is disabled. All my photos and posts are gone. All the guides and help that I have posted in the Anet printer groups are gone. Hours upon hours of work and months of memories are gone because their system decided to flag my account. I really wish I could completely get rid of Facebook but a lot of my friends refuse to switch to Signal which is one of the few platforms that I actually trust.
In addition to this for all I know is that my account could have been reported for saying something that “offended” someone else. Facebook has implemented rules in their TOS that forbid “hate speech” which is nothing that is set in stone and completely based emotional parameters. I completely blew away my profile in late 2016 after all the fallout from the last election. I now have to sensor myself as a conservative person with what I post because I know that if something gets reported enough for being “Offensive” then my account will be removed. There is no free speech on Facebook for conservatives, only if you are a liberal can you actually speak your mind without worrying about being censored. This is WRONG but what Facebook has devolved into.
Just think twice about hitting that “Sign in with Facebook” button when registering with a website. I stopped doing this after my account was flagged in January this year and was inaccessible for over 4 days. Make sure you have multiple ways to contact the people you talk with because like me I am completely cut off from almost a dozen people that I talk to on a daily basis. I will be making another account just to have separate for my site postings in case this happens again.
In all honesty if they outright delete the account and it is not able to be used anymore I will not be making a personal account again with them, business only for sharing posts from this website.