Hello 3D Printing Friends!

I'm Bryan Vines, and I operate The BV3D Channel on YouTube. I'm a Texas native, born and raised in Corpus Christi, and transplanted to San Antonio about a decade ago.

For a long time, I had been interested in 3D printing, but I didn't know much about it AT ALL. And these magical machines were priced up in the five-figure range, far outside my ability to afford them.

But then a couple of years ago, I started to notice that you could pick up a 3D printer for under $1,000. And then under $800. And then under $600. So I started getting REALLY interested. I started watching YouTube videos. I found Joel Telling's 3D Printing Nerd videos. And Devin Montes's Make Anything videos. And I started to learn about how these machines work, what they liked to eat, and what they could produce.

And in July of 2017, I bought myself a birthday present: A Monoprice Maker Select Plus 3D printer. It was just under $400. And I put it together. And I leveled the bed. And I loaded that tiny little filament sample that came with it. And I put the memory card in the side of the printer, picked that oh-so-descriptive filename, 1.gcode, and started to print.

As the printer started, I marveled at what it was doing. And I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what 1.gcode was going to be. What was that mysterious shape it was tracing out? Later, I would learn that it was printing a raft. But for now, all I could do was watch in rapt fascination as the bed moved back and forth, the nozzle moved left & right, and something...SOMETHING was taking shape in front of me.

could not stop watching as this machine created ...well, I couldn't tell what it was yet. At the halfway point, I could kind of tell what it was. And by the time it was three-quarters done I knew what this would be. And when it finished? This amazing machine had turned some milky-white plastic thread into a milky-white plastic miniature recliner!

Yes, my very first print was a plastic easy chair.

And I was hooked! I wanted everybody to experience this thrill of creation, as silly as that may sound.

That's why, in April of 2018, I started The BV3D Channel on YouTube. To share what I had learned, and what I was learning about 3D printing. And to show step-by-step how to get things done. It has been an amazing journey so far, and we're just getting started.

So, to everybody who subscribes to The BV3D Channel on YouTube: THANK YOU! 

And to everybody else out there: Please subscribe! I would love to have you along for the ride!

Go print something cool, and I'll see ya next time!

—BV3D: Bryan Vines