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3D Printing Basics 9 – Common Issues and Solutions

3D Printing Basics: When things go wrong! (Ep9)Watch this video on YouTube 3D printing doesn’t always work perfectly. I hate to say it, but, you know, when even commodity inkjet printers still need a bit of help every now and then, I think 3D printers are actually pretty good on that front today. But, still, there are things that can go wrong due to user error, the manufacturer not doing their homework, or because of bad materials. We’re going to look at some of the most common hiccups you canContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 8 – Requirements

3D Printing Basics: Before you print – design and print space requirements! (Ep8)Watch this video on YouTube In this video, we’ll look at the things you should consider when thinking about 3D printing something — can you even print the part you want to make, what should your environment look like where you print stuff and what do you need for equipment and tools to work with the machine and the final prints.  What can you print? Okay, let’s get right into it and start with the models themselves. OverContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 7 – What printing looks like

3D Printing Basics: What Printing actually looks like! (Ep7)Watch this video on YouTube Okay, so in the Hackaday article that got me to do this series in the first place, one of their first questions they want to be answered is “What does the actual workflow of 3D printing look like? What happens from beginning to end?” So that’s what we’re going to look at today — the full process of going from wanting to print something to having a physical, usable part. 3D Model The thing the actual 3DContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics – 6 Basic slicer settings and what they do

3D Printing Basics: The Slicer! (Ep6)Watch this video on YouTube The slicer. A mythical piece of software that decides the fate of your every 3D print. To tame it, you must first learn its language and appease the demons that live within. Today we’re going to go over the common settings you might want to adjust to get better prints out of your filament printers! So for this video, I’m going to be using Prusa Slicer, even though the name doesn’t suggest it, it actually works for any filament printerContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 5 – Ways of acquiring print files

3D Printing Basics: Where to get printable models! (Ep5)Watch this video on YouTube Ok, so you want to print something. Where or how do you get the designs and the files? If you don’t want to just download stuff, but instead print your own parts and creations, where would you start with that? That’s the type of questions we’re going to answer today. Design sharing websites Let’s start with my approach to using 3D printers. For testing and show pieces and simpler stuff that somebody else is probably going toContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 3 – Resin Printers

3D Printing Basics: Resin Printers! (Ep3)Watch this video on YouTube If you want a 3D printer, the two fundamentally different options, at least if you want to spend less than a few grand, are filament printers, aka FDM or FFF, and resin printers, aka SLA or MSLA. Last video we covered filament printers and what you should be looking for in one of those, today we’re going to go over when you would want to go for a resin printer instead and what to consider when getting one. Resin PrintsContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 4 – Parts names, care, and filament types!

3D Printing Basics: Parts names, care, and filament types! (Ep4)Watch this video on YouTube I know I’ve been using terminology for all the printer parts in the other basics videos without stopping to explain them, so in this video, let’s go over all the weird and unique parts, what they’re called and what they do. Also, while we’re at it, let’s look at what sort of maintenance and care these machines and their components need. Extruder and Hotend Okay, let’s start with the core of any filament printer: The extruderContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 2 – Choosing a Printer

3D Printing Basics: Choosing a printer! (Ep2)Watch this video on YouTube Alright, so want a 3D printer, but — which one to choose? In this video, I want to help you plot out what your use case is, what that requires in a machine, and what to generally look for, and what to avoid in a 3D printer. The “Perfect” Printer So first of all, there is no “best” or “perfect” 3D printer. Even when you find someone that claims that this one machine is the best 3D printer ever,Continue reading

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3D Printing Basics 1

3D Printing Basics! (Ep1)Watch this video on YouTube A few weeks ago, Hackaday posted an article saying that 3D printing was still way too hard to get into and that finding the knowledge that everyone seems to be taking for granted these days can be kinda hard to piece together. So that’s what I’m going to fix with this video series. Welcome to the basics course on 3D printing! What is a 3D printer?Choosing a machineResin printersFilament printer parts and maintenanceAcquiring print filesBasic slicer settingsWhole 3D printing processRequirements for 3DContinue reading