We’re glad you stopped by, whether you’re new to 3D printing technology or just trying to fill in some information gaps. Most of us have learned about the potential of 3D printing at some stage. 3D printing is a method of creating a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model by laying down several successive thin layers of material. It converts a digital object (its CAD representation) into a physical object by inserting materials layer by layer.
We were all newbies once! Here are the top ten tips for getting started with 3D printing – whether it’s your first time or you need to brush up on the basics, this guide will help!
While automated bed leveling is far more popular than it used to be, with many different sensors or methods to level the bed, many printers still use manual leveling, which is perfectly fine and simple to maintain. If it is automatic, simply follow the instructions or wizards that your printer uses to level, but if it is manual, here is a reasonable method to use:
I used to believe that removing filament from a cold nozzle was as simple as unloading an ink cartridge from a printer. No, it is not. You must heat the nozzle in order to melt the filament that has formed a plug and lock it into the tip of the nozzle.
When you have a clogged nozzle and are in a hurry, or if you don’t care about surface quality and just need big parts quickly, switching out your nozzle for a different sized one is a perfect solution to get things going again.
Some versions are unprintable in the absence of funding, while others sacrifice valuable features by providing them. To improve your chances of a good print, you must be able to recognise when a model falls into one of these categories.
Internal features can be filled in by supports and made unremovable. Consider the Phoenix prosthetic paws. These, as well as the majority of others, allow hands, have internal channels through which elastic thread and fishing line can be threaded to transfer the hand. These would be filled if help was used, resulting in worthless prints.
Most models will need some kind of assistance. This part of the jet engine casing was printed without support by mistake, and although it worked, it is obviously not as attractive as the other pieces that were printed with support. You would need to use help if any portion of the model protrudes from the side of the model, such as these attachment points.
There are many techniques for assisting prints to adhere to the bed, and everyone eventually settles on one and sticks with it.
BuildTak fits well for almost all materials, and a Flexplate allows for a strong grip and a fast release.
There are a number of tools that will always come in handy and are required at some stage. We’ve compiled a list to help make 3D printing a little easier.
It’s possible to cut yourself from the printer. Aim your spatula in the opposite direction of your body.
While it does not appear to be as sharp as a knife, if the spatula drops, it is thirsty for blood. Gently lift a corner of your print and slip the spatula underneath it.
If it’s taking too much energy, don’t force it. At worst, give the handle a gentle tap with the handle of a screwdriver and try to get some wiggle room, so at least it’s a regulated use of force and you’re less likely to fall.
We were all beginners once, and being bad at something is the first step toward being somewhat decent at something. When you don’t understand what’s going on, don’t be afraid to ask questions. In general, the 3D printing community is eager to assist beginners, so here are some pointers to keep in mind when searching for assistance.
3D printing has progressed beyond being an industrial prototyping and manufacturing tool in recent years, as the technology has become more affordable to small businesses and even individuals, that’s why it’s so important to be able to understand your 3D Printer and use it to your best advantage.
There you have it, the top 8 tips to help you get started with 3D Printing. We hope that you were able to learn something new from our article and that you’re able to understand your 3D Printer a bit better.