One thing I missed greatly from The Art Institute was access to their 3D printers.  I had managed to save up and buy a Robo 3D and put out a few replica prop models from the currently unreleased Overwatch. My models became surprisingly popular, which Myminifactory noticed.  They brought me on as a designer, which meant I had to produce a model or two every month to put on their site for free download.  By this time, Overwatch was released, and swept the planet.  Naturally, I would continue to produce models from this series since the demand was so high, although models from other series are sometimes requested.  You can view my profile here.