Maybe it’s a personal thing, but I have always found watching machines producing things fascinating. In my working life I always enjoyed factory visits, just to see how the machines, designed by humans, could make parts ad infinitum, and then combine them into meaningful artefacts.
When I bought a 3d printer the effect was the same. I can sit for ages watching a project brought to life by intricacies that I will always fail to understand.
My latest project is a simple storage box for hexagon tiles of about 6cm (for several board games and my own wargame tiles).
Each box is designed to fit with a number of others into a specific “Really Useful Box”.
Each storage element will take 4 hours to print, so it will be about two or three days before I will actually know if a group of them can fit the storage box and incorporate the hexagon tiles in the intended way.
Here is the first one under construction. Not very interesting for most of you, but I could watch it for hours…