If I never mentioned it, I have gotten into 3D printing over more than two years ago and never looked back! The CNC training I received at Cuyahoga Community College in there Precision Machine Technology program during 2007. We were trained on Haas CNC mills and lathes and the manual Bridgeport mills and lathes. I took to the setting up Haas units; it came rather natural to me even though I never took a job in the manufacturing field--the hours were too erratic and I was holding a full time job that was doing well.
In the present day I never would have thought CNC machining would translate to 3D printing so well! They are just about one in the same expect for the extrusion of plastic.
Initially, I went for the $350 dollar kit that was a RepRap clone of a Prusa i3. The kit developers of said clone basically sold a cheap plastic frame and a threaded rod base, which was always coming undone and never stayed tightened, nonetheless, I was producing parts for a pipboy prop and various other shakedown designs. However, the upgrade bug got to me and the machine had more downtime than up-time. Almost two years later, I am ready to bring out into the world for http://midwestreprapfest.org/ after the recent upgrades that have been done to it.
In the meantime, I went out and bought a Robo 3D R1+ at Micro Center and worked closely with that machine; the results I was getting from dialing it in were amazing!
Later on, since I was getting the idea behind 3D printing and the objects I was creating were coming out pretty decent, I offered my time and services on 3D hubs, in the Cleveland area and beyond, so if there was anything I could do to help one just had to drop me a line.
Check out my hub here https://www.3dhubs.com/service/88649 and let me know what you think!