Would you say you need any specific training for what you do?
For 3D printing, yes – there is a base level of specific training and understanding of the software needed to build models or ideas. But I do believe that with the right approach and practice, anyone can start learning; it’s just a matter of patience, fine-tuning and not being intimidated by the software, which I think can scare a lot of people off at first.
In terms of skills, perseverance and flexibility are the most essential. 3D printers and models have a tendency to act up, and troubleshooting is necessary to fix an issue with a print, or finding another way around the problem to build an object.
What was your journey like when you were first starting out? Did you find your feet quickly? Definitely not. As with starting anything from scratch for the first time, it was difficult to adjust to a new way of making. I found 3D modelling software so frustrating at first, and almost abandoned my attempts with it altogether. Then I realised the way the software is taught to you affects your perception of it. Once I approached it from a different angle and began to have fun with making designs, it didn’t feel as impossible anymore. Simply letting go and playing with the software was a much better tactic for me, and increased my drive to continue with it.