Snapmaker 7th Anniversary Column | Letter from Daniel Tallman

Hi Makers,

Daniel is one of the top contributors to Snapmaker 2.0 owners group. He is a father who likes making different stuff for his family members. Read on to learn about his story with Snapmaker!

When did you become a Snapmaker user?

I got my first Snapmaker A350 on May 1, 2021, and became a Snapmaker member on December 14, 2021.

Why did you choose Snapmaker?

I chose Snapmaker primarily because of its ability to transform the machine from 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC. These varied modules allowed for a wide variety of projects and applications. In all honesty, I was a little intimidated by the 3D printing feature initially; completely intrigued, but intimidated. The fact that other modules were included made for more confidence in the purchase of the Snapmaker. Another fun fact is that I remember reading an article that reported the Snapmaker Kickstarter launched on my birthday in 2019, making the Snapmaker feel more like a “meant to be” purchase.

What is the most memorable project you have ever done with Snapmaker 3D printer?

My most memorable project is a Batman statue. This was my first extensive print that contained multiple pieces. It took me a few months to gain confidence in the machine; spending countless hours watching prints. I would certainly spend all night babysitting my prints and refused to leave them at first. (Keep in mind I have never done anything remotely close to 3dprinting, CNC, or laser engraving; this was all brand new to me.) My Batman statue has over 500 hours of printing, sanding, assembling the pieces, filling seams with wood glue, and painting. This is truly a print that I am most proud of completing.

Batman statue by Daniel

Since becoming a Snapmaker user, what have you gained in your maker journey? 

With an amazingly narrow learning curve, I was able to create many fantastic pieces. I have enjoyed my journey with Snapmaker so much that I bought a second machine and I have had my machines running constantly for the past 3 years. I feel as though I have learned a great deal about the ins and outs of 3D printing, so much so that I am able to set it and forget it (for the most part). Above all, I have learned that patience is of the utmost importance.

Different projects made by Daniel

From your perspective, what progress has Snapmaker made over these years?

I have seen constant growth in many aspects. The Community has grown from a near 4,000 members when I first joined to over 29,000 members to date. I also see that they are constantly evolving; staying up-to-date with Luban.

What do you want to say to the Snapmaker team?

You have made me look good for the last 3 years. From someone that uses the default settings, I can say that your machines are dialed in. You definitely know what you are doing. Without you, none of this would be possible. Thank you!

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