If I get to buy the Elegoo Saturn, I'll most certainly will report back 😉 - unfortunately, the number of active participants in this forum is a little limited. Maybe that will improve over time.
Considering it won't be available until September, and I do not know the "regular" pricing yet, we will have to see if I get to it or now haha.
The Modix printers look quite impressive, looks like they cover Leapfrg's market as well.
However, having been burned with FDM based 3D printers, I would have to see some serious innovation and improvements before I'd invest in that again. Even large printers like that (that's one impressive printer by the way! It makes me wonder how long a big print would take?). Makes me curious about your future products though!
I agree that 3D printing will be a great alternative, once accessible to the masses, for mold injection - I did see by the way that the resin prints appear suitable for making a mold. Then again; you'd probably can use the mold only once?
Blender is indeed impressive and the learning curve is indeed quite steep. I did find quite a few short YouTube videos explaining just enough to get me started.
If you look at the VR Tips & Tricks article I wrote: Figures 1, 3, 4,5 and 6 are all done with Blender.
I had to modify and rig the puppet, add the chair (prefab model) and create modify the VR equipment.
It was indeed not easy to learn, but I wanted some consistency in the pictures, and drawing them by hand would have been a disaster 🤣 .
My drawing skills are not the best, especially when I have to repeat the same figure.
Since I've been playing with VR (Half Life: Alyx is a fantastic game), and Valve made the Hammer editor available for free (create models/maps/etc), I just had to give it a try. Back in the day with the old Half Life versions, there was a Hammer editor as well (about 15+ years ago) and at the time I had played with that one as well. So far I managed to rebuild the house I grew up in, and it's just fun to be able to walk through that house in VR (granted: the interior is not 100% perfect of course, since I didn't want to recreate all the furniture and such - so I did use prefab models).
Playing with that, I became curious how hard it would be to import 3D models from other sources, and of course Blender is right in the middle of that scene.
So I did manage to import models als .obj files, but still have trouble getting the textures to work (I only get the wireframe model).
I played with Fusion 360 a few years ago, and I did like it. It reminded me of SketchUp. On that note: SketchUp has been by far the easiest tool to do 3D editing (for me). Just exporting it to another application is not always all that great. I've done a few builds in SketchUp, drawing the complete house of a friend, with walkthrough option. Super cool (I'm talking about 10 years ago). Unfortunately, SketchUp is only free these days if you use the web version, and somehow I do not like web-based applications. Just something about the interface just not being smooth enough for me to work effectively/efficient with.
Now I remember Netfabb as well, at the time the ultimate tool to prepare your 3D model for 3D printing. But since I abandoned 3D printing about 5 years ago, I honestly have no clue how they are doing these days. I do remember how wonderful Simplify3D works and how it supports pretty much any FDM printer. At the time (2013?) a copy did cost only something like 29 USD, whereas today they charge $149. It is well worth it though, and I noticed that more and more printer manufacturers provide a free copy or a really cheap copy of Simplify3D with their printers.
User groups used to be a big thing here in the area, but with the Internet becoming more common, they just disappeared. I loved the gathering where you could actually meet people, see their equipment, exchange ideas and project plans, and swap stories and experiences. Even though the Internet contributed to more connections all over the world, it also seem to have opened the door for people trolling (can't stand it when people do that) and ... it has become easier for people to just briefly pop in and then to disappear for ever (very understandable, since we can't keep track of every single person we encounter).
So the "consistency" of the user-groups has changed I guess haha.
Note: where I live, there are no user groups for anything computer related haha. (rural area)
So at times it is quite frustrating to have discovered something awesome and being unable to share with someone who would get it.
As for resin 3D printing: I think these Chinese companies opened the market with their cheap resin printers with a reasonable build volume.
Super affordable and high quality prints. When looking how much work goes into cleaning up an FDM print, I think resin will have the advantage that the steps are simple and easily repeatable without any real efford. Almost invisible layers makes it easier than sanding and filling. So I do see a future there. I have seen a few videos of folks building their own resin printer already (using a 4K TV or a DLP projector), and it seems that the Elegoo community is growing. The FDM community is of course much bigger at the moment, but who knows what these cheap resin printers will do for us.
CG Geek did a good tutorial, but with that particular video, his face kept covering some of the important details haha. I did find him original when looking for Blender guides as well.
Cool to hear people using my code! Makes writing it all so worth it.
Coding does require a certain mindset at times, but the more you code, the better you'll get at it.
Programming an Arduino (I recently started using an ESP8266 as a replacement) is relatively easy once you get the basics down (I did write a short "course" for Arduino programming, in case you're interested).
Having said that: feel free to ask for help if you need any. There are plenty folks here asking for assistance, and it always feels great to be able to help people.