VIDEOS AND YOUTUBE ARE PRIME FOR ANSWERS
Whether you’re new to 3D printing or are a RP (Rapid Prototyping) Veteran, one of the first things you’ve probably discovered in your research is that there is a plethora of videos on the Internet about nearly every conceivable topic of 3D printing. The largest quantity of videos on the Internet can be found on YouTube and you may have realized it’s a good place to find quick answers to just about any question. [A side note: Did you know that YouTube was the second most used search engine on the Internet to get answers, second only to that googly website?]
If you haven’t found your way to YouTube yet, I recommend you do sooner than later. There are oodles of videos on 3D printing there. [A side note: there are more than 1.3 Billion (that’s Billion with a “B”) videos posted on YouTube.] That’s a lot of videos! So many in fact, that it can be daunting trying to separate the wheat from the chaff. Well, I hope to help with that. In the short time that I’ve been 3D printing, I’ve watched a very large number of videos. I’ve seen a lot of very good ones, but unfortunately, I’ve seen some real stinkers too and I’ve wasted a lot of time watching those stinky ones. It would have been nice if there had been someone to tell me which videos to watch and which videos to avoid.
3D PRINTINGS TOP 10!
I may have wasted a lot of time watching bad videos, I’ve still managed to learn quite a bit. One thing I’ve learned is who is making the good videos that are worth the time to watch and who’s videos are better to skip. Since there are over 500 video channel with at least some content about 3D printing, I thought it might be helpful if I made a ranked list of the best 3D printing channels to put on your subscription lists. Maybe a “Top 10” or “20” or something like that. It may be of help those who are new to 3D printing get a better start and even help some of the veteran 3D printer users to stay up-to-date with what’s new in 3D printing.
THE BEST OF THE “WHAT 3D PRINTING IS ABOUT” CHANNELS
There are lot of good channels on 3D printing and video makers that put out a good, helpful video once-in-awhile, but some do it more often than others. So, until we have a list of the best 3D printing channels, I’d like to introduce you to, if you’re not already familiar with them, a few of the best YouTube.com channels I’ve found. My favorite and the most helpful channels I found for “What’s New in 3D Printing” are the following hosts: The Maker’s Muse, The 3D Printing Nerd and RCLifeOn. [Update: Since writing this blog I’ve found there’s another channel too good to not add to this group: Thomas Sanladerer.]
All the way from Australia, Angus Deveson sends the world very helpful videos about everything 3D printing through his YouTube channel: Maker’s Muse. He puts out a new video on average of about 10 times in a month over the past year. He reviews new 3D printers, filaments, new device related to 3D printing and occasionally a video where he prints a special object. I don’t know if he works from a script or adlibs it all, but either way he’s a natural at speaking to the camera. He speaks clearly, he’s easy to understand and he doesn’t sidetrack while talking. These are the most important elements of any video that’s meant to help others, because if you’re trying to explain something, it’s most important to be understood. Angus may be a natural at this, but if I could change one thing about his speaking is: I’d ask him to slow down a bit. Sometimes he gets speaking quickly. It may because he’s trying to keep his video’s short or it’s just he has a lot to cover, but it can be hard to absorb everything he’s saying, because he’s covering everything so quickly. One other thing I’d like to see, if possible, is more videos. He clearly does his research, so that might be the reason he averages only 10 videos a month. [a side note: Angus has developed several test print objects that are becoming 3D printing industry standard to use.]
THE 3D PRINTING NERD
Another YouTube channel coming from Seattle, Washington, I must recommend, if you want to get an idea what this 3D printing thing is all about, is the 3D Printing Nerd with host, Joel Telling. There are on average 18 new 3D Printing Nerd videos a month over the past year. With Joel, you mostly get 3D printer and 3D printed object reviews. He does put out an occasional “how-to” video and he often lets his audience choose his video topics. He also has a regular series, where on Friday nights he goes through audience mail. Like my previous recommendation, Joel speaks clearly, he’s easy to understand and stays on topic, which as I said is very important. Joel is another natural speaker and it’s hard to tell if he’s working off a script or off-the-cuff. [A side note: My Sister-In-Law overheard Joel speaking when I was watching a 3D Printing Nerd video and she had to comment several times about what a great voice Joel has.]
Also, Joel IS a 3D Printing Nerd. I say with a smile on my face ‘he really is a nerd.’ You can tell by watching his videos. He can be a little silly and is a good-hearted nerd. A fact supported by the fact that he answers the sincere questions in his videos commentary and he does so with kindness and respect. If I could offer one suggestion to Joel to improve his videos, I’d suggest he hire someone to do make-up, maybe his wife. The 3D Printing Nerd videos are so professional produced, I would say that’s really their only weak area. Everything else about the videos seems so professional, they might consider it.
And from the other side of the world, all the way from Sweden, the YouTube channel RCLifeOn, is hosted by Simon Sörensen. It looks like the RCLifeOn channel started “life” as a DIY radio controlled devices channel, but grew into a 3D printing channel, but it hasn’t entirely let go of it’s RC roots. As is important with any video meant to help people, when Simon speaks he is easy to understand, notwithstanding his Swedish accent. He makes a lot of 3D printer reviews and comparison videos, which can be very helpful to a person thinking of getting into this technology by seeing the differences in machines and printed objects. He also makes some “how-to” videos, which can be helpful if it’s something you are interested in making or you can relate it to something you are interested in making. Simon hosts about 5 RCLifeOn videos a month over the course of the past year.
THOMAS SANLADERER – A LATE ADDITION
I’ve recently discovered Thomas’ 3D printing channel coming to the world from Germany. I don’t know why it took so long to come across the Thomas Sanladerer YouTube channel, except that it might be because he doesn’t seem to put out many videos a month. The Thomas Sanladerer channel, from what I’ve seen so far, are strictly informative videos. Where the must see channels I recommended above, strive to entertain as much as inform. This channel is aimed, almost purely at educating the viewer on “how-to” 3D printing. This is a good thing, if you’re also purely intent on spending your time learning and don’t want to spend your time recklessly. It would be helpful if Thomas wants his English-speaking viewers to get more out of his videos, he might work on his accent. Sometimes he’s a little hard to understand, but not very often. He could slow down his speaking, work on the pronunciations or provide closed caption, which he does. So if you’re having a little trouble understanding him at times, remember to click that “cc” button at the bottom of the screen.
I’d like to point out that the channels I’ve recommended and their hosts are very good speakers. I’ve already mentioned how important that is if you want to get your message across, but it’s also important if you want to keep and hold the attention of your viewers. I have found that it is important not only to speak clearly and not too quick, but be consistent; don’t let your topic jump all around or sidetrack and when watching a video, it’s a primary way you can tell a good host from a bad one. So, make a note of that; if some day you want to make your own videos and you’re not a natural speaker, you may want to take classes in speaking or memorizing scripts or join Toastmasters, they’ll help you become a good speaker. Also, I’d like to thank all the 3D printing channel hosts and producers I’ve mentioned here and some I haven’t, for making their videos. They’ve been indispensably helpful in my quest to learn 3D printing. What do you readers think?